Verbal impressions by Tito Sin Verguenza



The man lays down some wicked, wicked bass grooves. Jazzhead gigs have been known to be "hard drummer gigs" because Mitchell's bass grooves are so wicked that you better have your chops together, your ears open, and a bottle of Gatorade handy.

Most likely he learned some of that from the great Miroslav Vitous, when he was studying with him at the New England Conservatory of Music. And and you can bet he learned more of it in his studies at the University of Michigan (music major) with Stuart Sankey, and Robert Gladstone (Detroit Symphony Orchestra-Principal Contrabass), as well as with the great Victor Bailey.

While at U-M, he hooked up with John Douglas, Craig Taborn, and Gerald Cleaver and formed the Tracy Science Project...(this project opened for Run-DMC at the Royal Oak Music Theatre everybody in that band is now having stellar careers.)

Soon after that, he formed the Trent Mitchell Ritual, with John Douglas, which was a project dedicated strictly to bebop.

He has also collaborated with violinist Regina Carter, Nelson Rangell, Harold Mc Kinney, Marcus Belgrave, Mark Ledford (vocalist with Pat Metheney), Maysa , the lead singer for Incognito.

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