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Scott K Fish

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Dallas' Mike Mitchell is a Jazz Drumming Prodigy
By Jeremy Hallock Tue., Jan. 13 2015 at 9:15 AM



Worldly and wise with chops and a first class music education at the age of 20, Dallas drummer Mike Mitchell is a globetrotting prodigy. In the last four years he has won more awards from DownBeat Magazine than he can remember, as well as being cited as an up-and-coming artist in countless other worldwide publications. He has worked with [bassist] Christian McBride, [alto saxophonist] Antonio Hart.... But this only scratches the surface of what Mitchell has already accomplished.

Mitchell has been playing drums since he was two years old, when he watched an older cousin play drums and learned quickly.

"I'm still searching," he says. "I want to have my own independent style and voice. Most drum nerds are able to listen to an album and immediately tell you who the drummer is and that's the goal for me."

It is clear that he has been influenced by jazz fusion drummers like Tony Williams, Jack DeJohnette, and Lenny White. But he also takes queues from rock drummers like Mitch Mitchell, Keith Moon and John Bonham.

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This guy is only 24 years old, a force of nature.
After playing live with Stanley Clarke, Mike has been in the studio with Clarke for his new album The Message.
He's like a human metronome, combined with an incredible speed and precision, an amazing foot technique....it's not easy to be such a technical drummer when you are a REALLY HEAVY HITTER like him.

Here some of his best performances with Stanley Clarke:

Mike Mitchell Stanley Clarke "Brazilian Love Affair" Live
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daI-OIFEJv0

Mike Mitchell Stanley Clarke "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat" Live
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jATNRR5ePcI

The Stanley Clarke Band - Leverkusener Jazztage 2016
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbEkwq9ANHQ


The Stanley Clarke Band - Jazzwoche Burghausen 2016
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7swqowOjYI

The Stanley Clarke Band - Festival de Jazz de Vitoria-Gasteiz 2017
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTKzRqysYmc

Stanley Clarke Band 'To Be Alive (Feat. Chris Clarke) (Live)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjTSQEMzsrk


*Solo and other performances*

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYBGAryltnY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_C28Zrw75c

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwwVxhs3lX8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VukSotE0Oq8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koTU-Do5LCk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oi8JCPg4b6U

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhPAD_kan40

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmUfpAd-Uvs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGYZY5y1lEM


Live with Cameron Graves

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2S2UXKSGLUw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnbJ7fc69ws

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6oTz-SY22I

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWEc3nuDce4


Also, i HIGHLY recommend his latest band, the new project Spirit Fingers, his drumming is INSANE pretty in every song:

SPIRIT FINGERS (Formerly ‘Polyrhythmic’), live in LA. Tune 12
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eULzQcn1siw

SPIRIT FINGERS (Formerly ‘Polyrhythmic’); Tune 17, Live in LA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzMzYiSMZOQ

SPIRIT FINGERS (Formerly ‘Polyrhythmic’) Tune 19
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbc_Ar3hm-s

SPIRIT FINGERS (Formerly ‘Polyrhythmic’) Tune 16
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3J0sS_XLAA

SPIRIT FINGERS (Formerly ‘Polyrhythmic’), Tune 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HfAQ4iIH9Q

SPIRIT FINGERS - inside
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbOqITvzy9Y

SPIRIT FINGERS - being
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1JEo4ZBa7k

SPIRIT FINGERS - you
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcZ1Z0WH14A

SPIRIT FINGERS - release
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQCirwFSt9Y

SPIRIT FINGERS - maps
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8dewFPr8Ak

SPIRIT FINGERS - find
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3Yh-agGZuw

Insane 17/8 drum solo from SPIRIT FINGERS live in Paris
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWIfVytQkJc

Polyrhythmic 17/16 groove
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQeE6QTQjmE

Tiny Room: 'inside' by SPIRIT FINGERS
https://www.facebook.com/SpiritFingersLive/videos/216380235623150/

Tiny Room Instrumental: Spirit Fingers' 'you'
https://www.facebook.com/SpiritFingersLive/videos/220255981902242/

Tiny Room: Spirit Fingers 'Release'
https://www.facebook.com/SpiritFingersLive/videos/235964376998069/
 
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J-Boogie

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Awesome man, bringing so much to the table, love it!! Ill be busy listening for a while.....thnx dude

Insanity, wish he unmuffled the kit a bit....but what technique...........Great stuff!!!
 
Awesome man, bringing so much to the table, love it!! Ill be busy listening for a while.....thnx dude

Insanity, wish he unmuffled the kit a bit....but what technique...........Great stuff!!!
I suggest you to take your time to check out ALL the videos, do you like his new band Spirit Fingers?
 

J-Boogie

Gold Member
Gotta listen when I can and report back to you! He certainly has all the chops and the energy in spades! Im all about the correct musical decisions played well in correlation to the band in terms of dynamics, volume, and what is called for emotionally or style wise. He seems to stick out a bit to my ears, but many drummers I love also do at times...lets me see if I develop a love affair. I wouldn't be exploring this if it wasn't for you, so thank you for that!! Always trying to expand my thing.
 

J-Boogie

Gold Member
What I meant was that in the mix and dynamically, he seemed to stand out a bit too much for my taste. Disclaimer....what I did check out seemed to be drum cam, which may explain the sticking out to my ears. Also I listened on terrible computer speakers at work, not the best to evaluate. So Im basically just this hack who is boldly saying what isnt perfect to his ears from this out of this world amazing drummer....take it for what its worth.

The Spirit Fingers stuff Im listening to now sounds wonderful, no pedantic complaints! ;)
 
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