Ray Lema and Laurent de Wilde, two piano drivers.
One celebrates its seventy years this year and continues to display a trajectory of tremendous richness. Curious about everything, he paced the planet and opened very early his Congolese culture to the thousand winds of the music of the world, China, Brazil, Bulgaria, North Africa, America, Europe, to trigger each time fertile encounters.
Since the beginning of his career as a jazz pianist, he has since 2000 multiplied the paths of traverse, electro, slam, reggae, theater , Documentary, twisting each time his instrument with a communicative energy and success.
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.