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Who the hell is

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Joe Nerve, Mar 6, 2005.

  1. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    Ben Harper's bass player? The really big guy. I'm watching him on TV right now and I'm ready to throw my Bongo out the window. Bass playing is seeming rather pointless at the moment.
  2. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
    I want to say that his name is Juan Nelson. I'm not sure. I've never heard him play though...just read his section in "Bass Gear" a year or two ago.
  3. burk48237

    burk48237 Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2004
    Oak Park, MI
    Joe, I'm no expert, but I believe his name is Juan Nelson, I think Bass Player (you know the magazine your always on the cover of!) did a little thing on him a couple of years ago.
  4. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    This guy is a freaking monster - and I really like his style. It's the kind of playing I aspire towards. Looks like I gots to get me some Ben Harper albums - not my favorite music, but worth it's weight in bass. :)
  5. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    "Live from Mars" is humbling :eek: Check Juan's solo in "Steal my Kisses" The dude shreads while never loosing the monster groove!
  6. Fight for Your Mind is awesome (as long as you're looking to buy). In fact, there was a 3 CD set available a few years back that is probably gathering dust in your local music shop. Pick it up.

  7. Jason Carota

    Jason Carota

    Mar 1, 2002
    Lowell, MA
    Great album, great solo!
  8. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    IMO, one would be better served by listening to what Juan Nelson listened to...to me, it sounds like he has digested his fair share of Rock-Pop-Soul-Funk-R&B-Jazz-Latin-Reggae.
    So, if one's current listening thing is 90% Rock...just consider spreading it around, i.e. expand the horizons.

  9. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Yes that's right - the more you listen to - the more you realise there is to know...;)
  10. Juneau


    Jul 15, 2004
    Dallas, TX.
    Juan Nelson is correct. He is one of my all time favorite players. Has killer tone and style, and mixes in just enough fancy stuff to be cool without ever killing a groove or sound like he's wanking hehe.

    And here is a live Fight For Your Mind with a killer solo, and legal :)

  11. fenwickbacker


    Jun 12, 2004
    New Orleans
    I caught a bit of the show on Music Choice cable show and was lucky enough to see "Steal My Kisses" - his whole line, and solo, had a great feel - and his playing looks so effortless.

    I usually don't buy albums for a song - but this would be worth it.
  12. Juneau


    Jul 15, 2004
    Dallas, TX.
    Its ok, the whole album is good, so it would be a worthwhile purchase :)
  13. Nadav


    Nov 13, 2004
    Atlanta, GA
    Wow, I never realized Ben Harper had such a great bassist, but I've only listened to a couple of his songs. Time for more, perhaps. :bassist:
  14. On a sidenote, he plays a CS Fender Jazz V in something similar to sea-foam green. There's an article on him from a few Bassics magazines ago.
  15. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA
    From what little I've heard... yeah... amazing...
  16. Surgeon


    Mar 4, 2003
    North Dakota
    Thanks for this post Joe.

    I grew up listening to an unbelievably narrow range of music :meh: , and anytime someone mentions a new, great, bass player I hadn't heard of I look 'em up. I've downloaded several Ben Harper songs off of Music Match! Great way to burn a few bucks.
  17. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    Thanks Juneau for the heads up on this. Just got a chance to listen it to it now. That's my new boy! :)
  18. DigMe


    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX
    I love Juan's playing. He's an excellent bassist with an excellent tone...plus he reinforces the stereotype of the "jolly fat guy." He used to play a custom MTD that was a gift to him from Ben. Someone above said he's now using a CS Fender. Further evidence that the tone is in the player.

    brad cook
  19. eric atkinson

    eric atkinson "Is our children learning "Is our teachers teachin

    Feb 4, 2001
    I know that they have atleast one live dvd. And hey who was Ben Harpers mother? They kinda talk a little about his mom in the start of the dvd i have saying that she also performed at the place but the never really say who she was?


    Jan 25, 2005
    Des Moines, IA
    I just listened to this (mad props to Juneau for the link)...I had never heard of the guy before. This brotha's got some serious chops!!

    Best Buy is across the street from my office (a blessing and a curse)... looks like my cd player has a new playmate! :smug: