True Blues: A Cry from the Heart
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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