In Memoriam – Mitch Mitchell Of The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Mitch Mitchell was essential to creating the sound that Jimi Hendrix was after. Todays post on Live Musician Central is in tribute to him.

John "Mitch" Mitchell, July 9, 1947 – November 12, 2008

   The world lost another legendary live musician and rock pioneer on November 12, 2008 when Jimi Hendrix Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell was found deceased in his room at the Benson Hotel in downtown Portland, Oregon. He was 62 years old which still seems far too young to die. It’s a sad day indeed as Mitchell was an integral part of the music behind the great Jimi Hendrix.

   Mitch Mitchell was one third of the great rock trio that made up the Jimi Hendrix Experience. His drumming style was a great example of jazz/rock fusion. He would switch between a traditional jazz drum grip and a matched rock style grip when he played. His playing was very active and he had a great feel for filling the space around Jimi’s lead guitar and vocal work. When Jimi would take a guitar solo Mitch would have a very active interplay with the guitar on the drums. It’s really a pleasure to listen to Mitch and Jimi play music together.     Continue reading “In Memoriam – Mitch Mitchell Of The Jimi Hendrix Experience”