Bill Wightman | Prelude To A Kiss

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Prelude To A Kiss

by Bill Wightman

A strikingly sensual combination of piano trio and alto and/or tenor saxes that reveals an intimate perspective of both the music and of the musicians as they weave magical improvisation over choice jazz standards and originals.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz quartet
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Gentle Rain
6:10 album only
2. William Tells
6:31 album only
3. All the Things You Are
5:45 album only
4. \'Round Midnight
5:57 album only
5. Waters
4:12 album only
6. I\'ve Got the World On A String
5:26 album only
7. Moments Notice
5:35 album only
8. Rainbow Rise
4:37 album only
9. In A Sentimental Mood
6:29 album only
10. Watch What Happens
4:33 album only
11. Prelude To A Kiss
6:30 album only


Album Notes

Throughout my 40 year performance career, I’ve had my share of solo piano gigs throughout New England and New York playing piano bars from Maine to Connecticut to Manhattan but it has always been ensemble work that was always the most exciting. Collaborative art taps the wellspring of creativity.

The lone composer/arranger has long been considered the most effective form of musical production from early classical music up through today’s pop. It delivers the greatest controlled form of the composer’s vision. However, the possibilities and risk inherent in collaboration between musicians invites magical chance to enter the process. While a certain amount of leadership is always required, collaboration asks all participants to share the directive and creativity of the process.

When control of the final product is entrusted to collaboration, amazing and surprising things can happen. While challenging, the final product becomes the sum-total of the strengths of all involved. When each musician is given the opportunity to tap their creative source and then “dance” with the group, it creates a unique and up-lifting experience for both listener and musician.

I’ve been extremely fortunate over the years to perform with some of the finest jazz artists and “side men” in the music business. This CD truly represents the collaborative efforts of all involved including our technical engineering. While I chose most of the songs, some of them were either suggested by members of the group or in one case, actually written on the spot in the studio (“William Tells” by Greg Abate).

I am extremely grateful to all who shared their insight, expertise, and creativity that contributed to the making of this CD!
- Bill Wightman


When Yogi Berra was asked, “Can you explain jazz?” He answered:
“I can’t, but I will. 90% of all jazz is half improvisation. The other half is the part people play while others are playing something they never played with anyone who played that part. So, if you play the wrong part, it’s right. If you play the right part, it might be right if you play it wrong enough. But if you play it too right, it’s wrong.”

“Anyone who understands jazz knows that you can’t understand it. It’s too complicated. That’s what’s so simple about it.”

-Yogi Berra

The Musicians:

The JOSA Ensemble features some of the top free-lance jazz musicians on the New England jazz scene. They include Bill Wightman (piano), John Hunter (bass), Tim Gilmore (drums), and Richard Gardzina (multiple saxes and flutes), with alternate session musicians including Roger Kimball (bass), Jeff Hoyt (trumpet), Matt Langley (saxes), Don Williams (bass) and others.

The Features:

Saxophonist, flautist, composer & arranger; Greg Abate, from Coventry, Rhode Island, has, throughout his extensive career, worked with the Ray Charles Band; Dick Johnson and the Artie Shaw Band; and was the 2005 Grammy Award nominee for “Best Jazz Instrumental Solo” and “Album of the Year.” With thirteen CDs to his name, his masterful performance on this CD and his generous contribution of his composition, “William Tells”, are both a privilege and honor. He has been and continues to be one of our highly regarded featured performers during the JOSA seasons as his performances, both at JOSA and on this CD are top-shelf, inspirational., and, I dare say, legendary! He currently teaches at Rhode Island College and tours annually with his quartet throughout the US and around the world.

Reedman and flutist, Richard Gardzina from Barnstead, NH, has a B.A and M.A. in music composition from both the University of North Texas and UNH. His performances include dates in Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco and New England with such jazz greats as Red Garland, David “Fathead” Newman, and Little Feat to name a few. With two CD releases to his credit, Richard is constantly at work on his sound and his collaboration with Greg on this CD is highly intuitive and outrageously courageous .

Mulitiple-Saxophonist, Jim Cameron, from East Hampstead, NH has performed internationally at jazz clubs, concerts and at festivals around the world, including London, Tokyo, and Vancouver. Jim
can be heard on several CDs from such labels as Brownstone, GM and Sea Breeze. He currently divides his time playing in three big bands, a sextet and various smaller jazz ensembles around New England. It’s a pleasure to have Jim join me on this CD. His sound is rich and raw and takes you to your soul – a profound pleasure!

JOSA Ensemble:

Pianist, Bill Wightman, from Sunapee, NH, is the Instrumental Music and Music Technology Director at Proctor Academy in Andover, NH. He attended Berklee College of Music in Boston and, since the mid 1970s, has been performing, teaching, directing and producing in music and theatre both in education and for the public throughout New England and New York.

Bassist, John Hunter, from the Portsmouth, NH area, has performed from coast to coast accompanying such jazz greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Art Farmer, Milt Jackson and Joe Williams to name a few. His playing is always highly intuitive, his repertoire extensive, and he’s a great listener and all around human. The Rockingham Gazette says, “[John is] fast emerging as one of the most respected bass soloists in the country.”

Bassist, Roger Kimball, studied both jazz and Classical music at the University of Miami, Florida and has performed throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and the Middle East with acts including singer Billy Eckstine, trumpeter Warren Vache, Frankie Avalon, “The Coasters”, “The Shirelles” and pop legend, Carly Simon. He’s performed on other CDs including those of jazz saxophonist, Richard Gardzina, and guitarist Peter Calo. He brings enthusiasm and originality with his earthy and honest sound.

Percussionist, Tim Gilmore from Lebanon, NH, attended Berklee College of Music, and studied with both drum legends Max Roach and Alan Dawson. Having performed with such jazz greats as Mary McPartland, Dick Johnson, and Warren Vache among others, Tim is a recipient of the Presidential Arts Scholarship. He brings to JOSA an up-beat and delightful attitude, and is known for his occasional, intricate and sometimes epic (never to be missed) drum solos.


This CD, in many ways, represents a culmination of efforts for the past 16 years in a performance series entitled JOSA, or Jazz On a Sunday Afternoon, the brain-child of Rink Mann and myself. In 1992, Rink and I decided to bring to life a replica of the old “jam sessions” popular back in the mid 1900s in Chicago and New York where top players like Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis would come together, sit-in with other musicians, and “jam” ‘till the wee hours of the morning.

Since that beginning, many internationally renowned jazz artists including, “Big” Joe Burrell, “Lady” Eve, Rebecca Parris, Richie Cole, Tiger Okoshi, Herb Pomeroy, Dick Johnson, Greg Abate, Shawnn Monteiro, Fred Haas, and many others have graced the JOSA stage. These sessions currently take place in Gratham, NH at the Center at Eastman and run alternating Sundays from December to April from 4 to 7 pm. Held in a cabaret setting with great food and drink, the sessions start with the typical warm-up tunes from the JOSA Ensemble introducing the featured performer whose material they focus on for the first set. At the start of the second set, sit-in musicians from the audience are invited to join the JOSA Ensemble and the featured artist and before long the event evolves into a full-fledged “jam session!”

JOSA Sessions are also presented as fund-raisers, corporate events, and for other private social occasions throughout the year. For more information about JOSA Sessions, contact Wightsteeple Productions at 603-763-8732 or .



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