Re: Virgil Donati is the Buddy Rich of our time ("IMO"...I suppose)
The basis of this argument seems to be again, technical drumming vs "feel" and "groove"
And a lot of assumptions on the part of Donati. People are placing a cap, a limit if you will on his scope of abilities.
If you know Virgil personally, and have personally evaluated his groove and feel in person (outside of clinics) and maybe listened to something he did that was supposed to have the same "feel and "groove" of Buddy's material, then I'd buy some of the anti-Donati arguments.
But to say Virgil "can't" A. B. C. is to say you know him so well, that you can make that call. The only factual part of that argument against him is that you don't normally see him demonstrate that side of drumming.
The two camps here (Rich vs Donati) are polarized over technical vs swing drumming, and it seems like the anti-Donati crowd just don't like him, or the technical aspects no matter how you slice it.
But again, Stevie Vai, Planet x etc aren't exactly Funk or jazz...