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Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by baxter_x, Jun 11, 2021.
He just passed away. What a fantastic bass player. I learned so much from him. Groove, slap....
I always enjoyed his playing. He will be missed.
What a complete and sad surprise.
He was still young and should have lived many more years. A master in groove.
I so wish I created the line for Jah Works. So elegant, clever and simple.
I’m sure Juan is laying down a nice groove with Heavens choir and band now.
Loved his playing; I've watched this video about a hundred times (the solo starts at around 3:15):
He was a groove master. RIP, JN.
I learned so much from him - he’s one of the first bassists I realllly sunk my teeth in to as a kid. I was lucky to see him live a few times with BHIC - it was incredible being literally shaken by grooves so heavy.
Oh no! Such sad news.
Juan was such a nice guy, and an incredible talent. Ben Harper is from my hometown, so my son and I first met Juan at an informal clinic he did at Ben's parent's music store several years back.
The last time we saw him was at Bass Player live with his wife Kathy (I think I have that right) several years ago where we had more time to chat. This was not long after Ben decided to play and record with a different set of musicians for a few years, so they were very concerned at the time as this no doubt impacted the family income. We were very happy when Ben eventually started playing with Innocent Criminals again.
RIP, Juan Nelson.
RIP, Mr. Nelson.
RIP Juan. I remember being incredibly impressed with his formidable presence and groovy playing when I first saw him 15 or so years ago.
Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals were always super-fun to see live. Two great releases I recommend which feature Juan Nelson...
Diamonds On The Inside (studio album)
Live From Mars (double live album)
Rest in peace, brotha.
Ugh, that sucks. RIP.
This is what turned me on to his playing the most:
Oh come on! So sad Juan was a monster groove machine his creativity was legendary. For me Steal my kiss the simple 1-6-4-5 chord progression is magically transformed with a slide to the 10th and arpeggio of the root
anyone who has played it is floored by that simple, but so creative line. RIP Juan Nelson you have left us with a body of work that will last for generations.
Sad news indeed, RIP. One of the best with a Groove all his own.
Most folks don’t know, but I think that masterwork bass line made it a hit.
RIP. I only "officially" learned of Juan about 5 years ago. I had heard some of Ben Harper's songs years ago and therefore Juan's bass tracks, but didn't really learn of him until then. He was a master at funk/blues/minor pentatonic riffs, groove, and pocket. Watched more than a few YouTube videos of him and he always seemed like he was really enjoying himself.
oh absolutely playing 10ths over a everyday chord progression is what brought the magic
An amazing and inspirational bassist.
With much sadness, rest in peace Juan.
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