RIP Mitch Mitchell

One of my vivid memories of being in a rock band in high school is sweating heavily behind my kit in David V’s parent’s garage, as I desparately tried to keep tempo and play the feverish drum fills that Mitch Mitchell played on Jimi Hendrix’s “Manic Depression.”  That was just one of the covers we (David Vaknin on guitar, Guillermo Godinez on bass, me on drums) practiced, but it was one of the more challenging for me, having just started learning the drums about a year ago at the time.  Later on as I got deeper into playing jazz I found out that one of Mitch’s influences was Elvin Jones–it makes a lot of sense when you listen to his triplety hand-to-foot fills and dense rolls around the kit.  There is a nice, although a kind of depressing, remembrance of him here, and a bit more info here.

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Published in: on November 13, 2008 at 10:12 am  Leave a Comment  

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