Re: Virgil Donati
Well, good post from you, finnhiggins, and I pretty much agree. (Just saw it now from the quote) But I don't think it has too much to do with Virgil Donati. Yeah he's got blistering chops and technique, and he is a polyrhythmic/ -metric monster, BUT he certainly does make music! He has no problems playing a steady rock beat in 4/4, and he does play the right thing at the right time. He is kind of like a jazz drummer in rock and fusion IMO. He may be popular onlythrough his drum clinics and alien solos to many, but there is much more to him!
Plus his groove is easily recognizable to me. I remember someone writing something like "Virgil Donati minus all his chops is a normal and boring drummer, unrecognizable like thousands of players". In that sense. Which I disagree strongly.