Thursday, July 03, 2014

Henri-Pierre Noel reissue

"On moving to Canada from his original home of Haïti, pianist and singer/songwriter Henri-Pierre Noel brought with him much of the tropical island’s influences. The Kompa Funk sounds of his homeland, alongside contemporary North American jazz and disco ran throughout Henri’s 1979 album "Piano", re-released by Wah Wah 45s in 2012, and now it’s time for a second helping with the reissue of 1980s dancefloor friendly "One More Step", both albums having been originally released on very limited private presses and since become holy grails of black music.

Henri-Pierre Noel is an incredibly versatile musician who uses the piano in a very percussive and syncopated way, almost like a drum. This particular technique naturally brings disco and afro-funk elements into his unique brand of dance floor fusion.

Re-mastered from the original multi-track tapes by Kevin Moonstarr in Canada, and featuring seriously foot friendly cuts like "Afro-Funk Groove", "Funky Spider Dance" and"Latin Feeling", as well as firing female vocals and a plethora of percussion, Henri-Pierre Noel’s sophomore LP is finally available to all on heavyweight vinyl, CD and digital formats, including full sleeve notes from Reveal Records boss, Peter Riden."  Out 21st July.

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