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1 Virgil in Atlanta on Thu Dec 04, 2014 5:01 am

Say what you will.  Virgil Donati has taken
drumming to a place that no one else has
come close to touching.  Both he and the
assembly of other players he works with
pulls off the nearly impossible with the
utmost precision.

Truly amazing stuff!

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2 Re: Virgil in Atlanta on Tue Dec 23, 2014 10:57 am

I must agree. Seeing him in Atlanta at a clinic about 10 years ago was an eye opener. scratch

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3 Re: Virgil in Atlanta on Mon Feb 16, 2015 6:29 am

I think about Virgil and believe it is more something in him, as a person, which makes his drumming what it is. Despite his personal background and schooling at the instrument he has a mind that thinks differently at the drums; his whole persona of rhythm. No one could do what he does unless they had the same brain.

I listen to him speak and he's a very intelligent, articulate person. Then I listen to him play and it's like he just came from another planet or something.

I do not see anything he does as being outside what Thomas Lang or Marco or other drumming mathematicians can do. They just cannot think like Virgil. He just hears rhythm in a very unique way. I listen to him and it's like trying to figure out a jigsaw puzzle to me. One of those 1000 piece jobs it takes a long time to look at and put together. It's like another language or definitive dialect of English from some remote place. I understand it but, I don't understand it.

It believe it certainly could be said Virgil is the progenitor of such a style, though Vinnie and Weckl were doing math wizardy back then, too. Just in different formats. They are all about the same age, within a few years.

If there are Virgil clones out there I have not heard one. Couldn't say that for Vinnie or Dave. Virgil is unique, for sure.

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