END OF AN EXPERIENCE
Mitchell was only 61 years-old.
No one needs to explain how revolutionary Jimi was, in terms of his guitar prowess, his arrangements, his recording techniques, his stage persona. Even non fans are aware of what he brought to the table.
But Mitch Mitchell, too, was a trailblazing drummer. No rock drummer before him, and very few after, played the way he did -- attacking the snare and cymbals with a nimble, quick, almost melodic style. More like jazz drumming in its way. Think of his work on "Fire."
Anyhow, I'll leave the analysis of his artistry to those who know what they're talking about, and the eulogizing to those who knew the man.
But I know how great he was, and how much he drove the music of one of those meteors that flies across the musical landscape from time-to-time.
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