I agree, their styles were very different, as you described. What they shared in common was their constant need to fill. I understand their busy styles appealed to many, they’re legends after all, but their approach to music from the drum throne just didn’t appeal to me.I'd never mix or compare Mitchell and Baker, two very different styles. Even though he started in jazz, Ginger has the 'African thing' going in his beats and approach . Almost no other rock drummer had that. When you hear people cover Cream or Blind Faith songs you can tell what is missing.
we all change with age, even MitchHey Joe by Hendrix came on the radio the other day and it was the first time I'd heard it in a good while. I remember marveling at it as a kid, impressed with all those fills, but now as I'm approaching 40, maybe my tastes have changed. As I listened the other day, I couldn't help feeling that a lot of those fills were unnecessary and the drummer should have stuck with "playing the song" as a lot of people talk about on this forum.
So what is it folks? A master class in in triplet and 32nd note fills or a load of unnecessary embellishments? How do you see it?