Sax on the Web Forum banner

1 - 9 of 9 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
778 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
Okay, anyone know who is playing this tenor? The film maker says Victor Lewis, but Victor is a drummer. Unless there is another Victor. But this film was made in 1996 so claims the film maker, so whoever he is, he's been around a while. Who is this guy playing with Mal Waldron?

http://youtube.com/watch?v=ywDtsMcFNho&v3

He's playing a fresh version of You Don't know What Love Is.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
119 Posts
mystery tenor

Hi,

I'm not sure, but I think it is Nicolas Simion. www.nicolassimion.com

In the gallery on his website there's a picture of him playing a duet with Waldron.

Great clip by the way. Thanks for posting.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
778 Posts
Discussion Starter #3
52nd Street said:
Hi,

I'm not sure, but I think it is Nicolas Simion. www.nicolassimion.com

In the gallery on his website there's a picture of him playing a duet with Waldron.

Great clip by the way. Thanks for posting.
Thanks for your best guess. I will go have a look at his site. I found a reference in eNotes biography of Mal Waldron referring to Waldron's work with a tenor player from around 1995, named George Haslam. So am checking that too.

I'll let you know what I find.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
778 Posts
Discussion Starter #4
Well, that was interesting! I think you may have correctly identified him. He LOOKS like it could be him. I listened to some of the cuts on his site, Song For Leo (his notes give a nod to Waldron), but it does not have the intensity or lyrical lines that the video showed him with. It was as if it was played with a different mind. Though he does seem to have a broad musical interest from church music to Slovakian Folk music.

I also checked on George Haslam. So I think the eNotes bio is wrong, since every reference I could find on Haslam identifies him as a baritone player. Strangely Haslam bears a physical resemblance from the poor photos I saw, to the tenor player with Waldron and to Simion too. Haslam did record with Waldron in 1994 and 1995 and released two CDs.

Still don't know who that guy is with Waldron in Germany.
 

·
Forum Contributor 2010, Distinguished SOTW Member
Joined
·
5,076 Posts
52nd Street said:
Hi,

I just found this
Fabulous! I had never heard of Nicholas Simion, but I will seek out more. I see he did a duet album with Waldron in 1999, The Big Rochade.

As to Waldron, he's long been a hero of mine, both as a player and a composer. He makes a little cameo in the following:



THE DAY THE LADY DIED

By FRANK O'HARA


It is 12:20 in New York a Friday
three days after Bastille Day, yes
it is 1959, and I go get a shoeshine
because I will get off the 4:19 in East Hampton
at 7:15 and then go straight to dinner
and I don't know the people who will feed me
I walk up the muggy street beginning to sun
and have a hamburger and a malted and buy
an ugly NEW WORLD WRITING to see what the poets
in Ghana are doing these days
I go on to the bank
and Miss Stillwagon (first name Linda I once heard)
doesn't even look up my balance for once in her life
and in the GOLDEN GRIFFIN I get a little Verlaine
for Patsy with drawings by Bonnard although I do
think of Hesiod, trans. Richmond Lattimore or
Brendan Behan's new play or Le Balcon or Les Nègres
of Genet, but I don't, I stick with Verlaine
after practically going to sleep with quandariness
and for Mike I just stroll into the PARK LANE
Liquor Store and ask for a bottle of Strega, and
then I go back where I came from to 6th Avenue
and the tobacconist in the Ziegfeld Theatere and
casually ask for a carton of Gauloises and a carton
of Picayunes, and a NEW YORK POST with her face on it
and I am sweating a lot by now and thinking of
leaning on the john door in the 5 SPOT
while she whispered a song along the keyboard
to Mal Waldron and everyone and I stopped breathing.



Written in 1964 and reprinted from "Lunch Poems," with the permission of City Lights Books.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
778 Posts
Discussion Starter #7
Yeah - Nicolas Simion

52nd Street said:
Hi,

I just found this
Yes, I think you fingered him, err...clicked him. Thanks 52ndStreet!!

This guy is interesting. Some biographers say that Waldron was the automatic leader in that without saying anything verbally, he played and brought out the best in those he played with. Simion sure is an illustration of the best.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
778 Posts
Discussion Starter #8
Reedsplitter: Thanks so much for the O'Hara piece. I'd never seen it before. I study piano, and my teacher is a strong Waldron fan as I was beforehand.
 

·
Forum Contributor 2010, Distinguished SOTW Member
Joined
·
5,076 Posts
-88- said:
Reedsplitter: Thanks so much for the O'Hara piece. I'd never seen it before. I study piano, and my teacher is a strong Waldron fan as I was beforehand.
Glad you like it. O'Hara was a wonderful poet, with a great feel for jazz (among other things).
 
1 - 9 of 9 Posts
Top