jeudi 13 novembre 2008

Jimi Hendrix Experience réunis

... mais malheureusement en un lieu innaccessible.
Mitch Mitchell est parti rejoindre ses deux acolytes...

Récemment, écoutant Are You Experienced?, le premier disque du trio, j'ai décollé mon attention de Jimi pour de longs moments. Pourquoi? Parce que je découvrais le groove insensé du batteur. Écoutez "Manic Depression". Wow!

Mitchell est mort de causes naturelles, à 61 ans, en pleine tournée du Experience Hendrix show.

At 5-foot-5, the wild-haired Mitchell was a small guy who played "lead drums," combining meat-and-potatoes beats with rapid-fire jazz in the three-person group.

Sur sa page MySpace, on peut lire:

Mitch plays in the Elvin Jones explosive style with fast snare and cymbal riding coupled with more basic rock triplet bass patterns and big bombs. In line with jazz drumming he played within the snare/hi-hat/ride cymbal/bass drum arc with the toms as variations. His hi-hat and cymbal work is of the highest order and he used brushes on occasions. He is criticised as a busy drummer which is grossly overstating the case. More restrained drumming may have been more appropriate on a few tracks (that’s Mitch’s opinion). I really can’t describe them as flawed, just that it could have been done differently and that doesn’t mean better! The thing that Mitch had was incredible stamina especially in the studio as Hendrix endlessly worked though songs. He always responded to Hendrix’s variations and worked from his arrangement. Mitch never defined his arrangement within the song. Live was the same, as it was need to follow Hendrix’s improvisations and also fill in those gaps, especially when Hendrix did his stage act. It was behind these that Mitch took his solo over a droning bass line, usually at an exciting high tempo. He was a fast drummer - lightning at times and surprisingly loud for his diminutive stature.

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