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His name is George Weldon and I think he's local to Philadelphia. But there's something very interesting about this photo.


Marie-Noëlle Fri, 04/20/2012 - 10:53

Looks like he enjoys changing mallets along his playing, so truly changing the "colors" of his sound... but does he really never need the 7 lowest keys of his vibes?

tonymiceli Fri, 04/20/2012 - 11:27

In reply to by Marie-Noëlle

isn't that interesting to me. i've heard him and i think he's into lionel so maybe it comes from that.

i didn't put it up to judge (i think). i think i put it up just because when i saw it i thought wow. really, there's that many notes on the vibes?

but i guess he hangs out on the upper end of the instrument, huh?

Marie-Noëlle Fri, 04/20/2012 - 14:43

In reply to by tonymiceli

It precisely made me think on my own use of the instrument. And in fact, I couldn't let behind those lowest keys, but I could do it with the upper ones... I hardly can solo, so maybe it's the reason why. It just made me realise that!

Randy_Sutin Sat, 04/21/2012 - 12:31

In reply to by tonymiceli

I don't remember exactly how he arranged them. I bet if we dig up some pictures of him playing on his instrument, there was a method to it. I don't remember hearing them rattle. He didn't let the low notes ring much when he played, so that was less of an issue.

But,I do remember him playing on those notes, even though he had a gaggle of mallets stuck in there. He had a very loose grip, like a good drummer does, on the mallet. He used to drop them every now and then while he was playing and wanted to just have them there to keep on playing, I guess.

...he could also kill with just one hand. I saw him do that a couple times; he would play a whole chorus that way just to show that he could.

Patrice Sat, 04/21/2012 - 02:55

You could suggest him to subscribe to VWS. I always loved those Lionel's. They have fixed the time once for ever.
I was 9 or 10 when I first listened to Lionel and stayed gaping. I transcribed and played over and over ( mom got crazy ! ) the solos of Memories of tomorrow and Black eyes when I bought my first Bergereault vibes at 14.
I had 18 (1975) when I first listened to Gary and the musical world would never bee the same.
But I still have tender feelings for this style of jazz.