Laurent de Wilde (born in Washington, D.C. in 1960) is a French jazz pianist, composer and writer. In 1987, he recorded the first of a series of four albums for Ida Records Off the Boat with Eddie Henderson, Ralph Moore, backed by Ira Coleman on bass and Billy Hart on drums. In 1989, Odd and Blue was released with Coleman and Jack DeJohnette (drums), followed in 1990 by Colors of Manhattan, with Coleman, Henderson and Lewis Nash. De Wilde then returned to Paris to settle but came back to New York in 1992 to record a trio album, Open Changes, with Coleman and Billy Drummond (drums). The success of this record in 1993 earned him the Django Reinhardt Prize, awarded to the best musician of the year. He now shares his time between Paris and his career in New York as a leader or sideman with Barney Wilen, Aldo Romano and André Ceccarelli.
After his electronic experiences, De Wilde comes back with his trio and acoustic jazz lovers are delighted. The album contains outstanding guest star appearances such as Laurent Robin (Michel Jonasz, Michel Potal), Darryl Hall (Hank Jones, Elizabeth Kontomanou) among others.A very good album where a variety of styles (groove, blues, reggae, swing, free) find in the performance of this trio a unite and compact sonority. A genuine trio of a modern jazz that is open to the world and curious of everything around.
The documentary follows staff at the magazine and includes interviews with past publication cover stars as FHM prepares to circulate it’s final issue. FHM magazine – famous for images of female celebrities and male-orientated lifestyle tips once commanded a circulation of over half a million copies but is now about to publish an issue for the final time. The documentary will take a nostalgic look back at the “glory years” of the magazine, of which Rachel was a huge part first gracing the cover in May 2000, with 7 more covers to follow, enjoying a top-three status in FHM’s 100 Sexiest poll no fewer than four times, and most recently taking the title of “FHM’s Sexiest of the Sexiest”.