Mitch Mitchell. Mitchell was the world’s first hard-rocking drummer with jazzy chops, and perhaps the most influential of the ’60s. His work with Jimi Hendrix threw every rock and roll drummer for a loop. Anchored by bassist Noel Redding’s steady hand, Mitchell successfully blended the improvisational freedom of jazz drumming with the speed, power and flash of rock. In the process, he developed a unique chemistry with Hendrix’s unprecedented guitar playing that has never been equaled.
Mitch Mitchell—As drummer for the Jimi Hendrix Experience, one would have expected Mitchell to assume the role of anchoring the music when Hendrix would take off on his stratospheric solos. Bassist Noel Redding, however, carried that mantle. Mitchell’s drumming was often as ethereal and exploratory as Hendrix’s guitar work. Also, Mitchell had one of the biggest afros ever to grace a white man.