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Who that big guy who plays for Ben Harper

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Cambass, Aug 26, 2001.


  1. I know nothing about Ben Harper or much of his music but some time ago I saw a live clip of 'Steal My Kisses From You' and they had a big bloke with a 6 string bass (if I remember correctly). He was awesome! Who is this guy? Afterwards I sat there with a smile on my face thinking 'I want to do that!'. Aah, the joys of bass. :)
     
  2. Bass Guitar

    Bass Guitar Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2001
  3. I love his bass solo on the outtro of Steal My Kisses...great tone too.

    I read the BassPlayer interview and he seems like a pretty unassuming, cool guy.
     
  4. barroso

    barroso

    Aug 16, 2000
    Italia
    juan nelson is
    BIG
    FAT
    BLACK
    and DAMNED TALENTED BASS PLAYER
     
  5. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    Even beyond his formidable bassist skills, Harper admits Nelson is "the musical genius behind the group."

    Damn funny his gig used to be playing in Roger Clinton's band, the hustler's, (I mean ex-prez's), brother/hustler.
     
  6. melvin

    melvin

    Apr 28, 2001
    That guy is awesome
     
  7. ive never heard him but just for his string ads in bass player you can just tell by his stature and his facial expressions that he funks it up.
     
  8. Aaron

    Aaron

    Jun 2, 2001
    Bellingham, WA
    he plays an alembic, right?
     
  9. melvin

    melvin

    Apr 28, 2001
    No I believe he uses a MTD, Im not sure of the model, I dont think it ever said in his interview with Bass Player.
     
  10. oddentity

    oddentity

    Nov 20, 2000
    Philly
    Yeah, he uses MTDs... it wasn't part of the main article, but there was a little sidebar on his basses. Ben Harper gave him his main MTD as a gift!
     
  11. Mortland

    Mortland

    May 27, 2001
    He does a bass solo live in the song "Fight For Your Mind" and it is just not to be believed.
     
  12. Oysterman

    Oysterman

    Mar 30, 2000
    Sweden
    Agreed, he keeps on soloing minute after minute and not once does he get out of the groove like some players can do (Mark King, anyone?). And the whole solo is a melody you can sing along with. Love it!

    Unfortunately, that song is all I've heard him play.