Re: Virgil Donati
Oh, I didn't know, that's sad!! How old was he?
Well, it depends on what you mean with "groove". I meant, he has no problem keeping simple time, and playing easy and understandable stuff whilst being musical anyway.
But the "grooving" thing: I would never say Virgil doesn't groove or has no groove, but I perfectly understand some people don't dig his style. I myself have other favourite drummers who I love (among other things) because of their groove, like Gary Novak, Bill Stewart or Keith Carlock. Virgil really has that "machine-like" vibe to him actually, and his style, his "language" is quite a narrow path. There's so much one can play, a big huge world, and he does only a tiny little bit of it.
And maybe his time is almost too perfect sometimes...?
That being said, I'm still a fan of his playing.