RIP Juan Nelson

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by baxter_x, Jun 11, 2021.

  1. baxter_x


    Nov 27, 2013
    He just passed away. What a fantastic bass player. I learned so much from him. Groove, slap....

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  2. lowdownthump


    Jul 17, 2004
    I always enjoyed his playing. He will be missed.

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  3. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol

    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.

  4. lowdownthump


    Jul 17, 2004
    I’m sure Juan is laying down a nice groove with Heavens choir and band now.

  5. kobass

    kobass Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Outside Boston
    RIP Juan.
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  6. unresolved

    unresolved Supporting Member

    Sep 15, 2015
    SF Bay Area
    Loved his playing; I've watched this video about a hundred times (the solo starts at around 3:15):
  7. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    He was a groove master. RIP, JN.
  8. Portamenti


    Jan 2, 2021
    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.
  9. nixdad


    Aug 15, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    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.
  10. Joshua

    Joshua WJWJr Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 23, 2000
    RIP, Mr. Nelson.
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  11. DirtDog


    Jun 7, 2002
    The Deep North
    RIP Juan. I remember being incredibly impressed with his formidable presence and groovy playing when I first saw him 15 or so years ago.
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  12. Low8

    Low8 Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2014
    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.
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  13. flyingfinbar

    flyingfinbar Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2010
    Long Island, New York
    Ugh, that sucks. RIP.
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  14. RIP Juan.

    This is what turned me on to his playing the most:
  15. 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.
  16. Sad news indeed, RIP. One of the best with a Groove all his own.
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  17. Most folks don’t know, but I think that masterwork bass line made it a hit.
  18. smtp4me


    Sep 30, 2013
    Philadelphia, PA
    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.
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  19. oh absolutely playing 10ths over a everyday chord progression is what brought the magic :)
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  20. Roxbororob

    Roxbororob Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2015
    Oh no.
    An amazing and inspirational bassist.
    With much sadness, rest in peace Juan.
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