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True Blues: A Cry from the Heart

Episode 5 of 5

Piers Plowright examines, with jazz pianist and teacher Louis Vause, New Orleans pianist James Booker's interpretation of True at the 1978 Montreux Jazz Festival.

Broadcaster Piers Plowright explores five sound-worlds - some from far back in his life and some more recent - which still resonate with him.

In this last episode of the series, jazz pianist and teacher Louis Vause examines, with Piers, one of the great Blues performances of all time - New Orleans pianist James Booker's interpretation of True at the 1978 Montreux Jazz Festival.

This is a performance that has haunted Piers since he first heard it and has come to speak to him of all the longing and grief - and maybe hope - that the Blues express.

The programme includes an interview with Lily Keber who made the recent film about Booker, Bayou Maharajah.

Produced by Alan Hall
A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.

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15 minutes

Last on

Fri 14 Aug 2015 13:45

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