Man. Mitch Mitchell was a wicked drummer. He actually inspired me to try the drums out, which lead to beatmaking which lead to…
Mitch was originally trained as a Jazz drummer, and played with some pretty hip London Blues bands (See Georgie Fame) before linking up with Chas Chandler and Jimi Hendrix for an audition. Just listening to drum break on Little Miss Lover, and hearing Busta Rhymes “Row Row Like A Dungeon Dragon” shows Mitch’s power on the skins. Pretty incredible also, is the way he keeps the drums steady moving on “Manic Depression” as the whole rhythm and melody floats over the top.
Rest in Power to the whole Jimi Hendrix Experience, Mitch Mitchell of which, was the last surviving member.
I’m growing weary of having to say R.I.Power to so many legends this year. Buddy Miles, who backed up Jimi Hendrix during the infamous Band of Gypsies performances also passed not too long ago. Please, no more legends passing in 2008!