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Official Virgil Donati thread

Posted: Fri May 04, 2012 5:25 am
by Morgenthaler
I thought I'd put together a thread of some of the better videos (either quality wise or playing wise) of Virgil's playing over the years.
There's way too many crappy smartphone clips floating around, so I'll be adding stuff to this thread
along the way, as should you if you feel like it. I'll start it off with a very recent set of clips from a
clinic in Atlanta. Blinding chops among those clips.

This exercise is just to keep this stuff in one place.



















Re: Official Virgil Donati thread

Posted: Fri May 04, 2012 7:20 am
by renardvert
Thanks Morgenthaler, I'll look these up. Virgil is an inspiring drummer.

Re: Official Virgil Donati thread

Posted: Fri May 04, 2012 7:41 am
by bstocky
Cool. I'll come back when I have more time.

Re: Official Virgil Donati thread

Posted: Sat May 05, 2012 12:34 pm
by AllenS
Not my favorite drummer, but there's no denying his abilities on the kit.

Re: Official Virgil Donati thread

Posted: Sat May 12, 2012 3:24 am
by Morgenthaler
20 minute montage from a gig with Holdsworth/Haslip/Donati at Fabrik in Hamburg, Germany.
Some potent fills in the Proto Cosmos vamp ;)


Re: Official Virgil Donati thread

Posted: Sat May 12, 2012 7:25 am
by willyz
Seems like he's been really developing a more dynamic touch overall- his feel seems to be much more laid back nowadays.

Re: Official Virgil Donati thread

Posted: Sun May 20, 2012 3:05 am
by Morgenthaler
Some Holdsworth/Donati/Haslip madness.



It reminded me a bit of the bootlegs from ca 1997 of Virg with OTV/Gnomes Of Z├╝rich and
also with Tribal Tech. Those shows had such intense playing that it left me
breathless: http://soundcloud.com/morgenthaler/tt-virg

Re: Official Virgil Donati thread

Posted: Tue May 22, 2012 3:52 am
by Matus
Man, the TT gigs are just insane. I used to have that one, The Big Wave and Actual Proof. Must be somewhere in an old HD backup.

Re: Official Virgil Donati thread

Posted: Tue May 22, 2012 4:11 am
by Rodge
I respect him, Steve Smith too, for their dedication to the instrument, what amont of work for playing all those crazy things !!! :o
I respect that, really.

But I don't hear any music in his drumming, same for SS, saying this I have to give more credit to people like Dave, Gary, etc... Because they are truly some beautuiful musicians, and being a consumate musician is way harder than being an INCREDIBLE drummer.

Re: Official Virgil Donati thread

Posted: Tue May 22, 2012 6:07 am
by Kurtis
Loving the clips with Holdsworth.

Vigils got lots of ideas and chops. I guess for some the chops get in the way of him making a musical statement. I do like the way Allen lets his drummers play whatever they like. Free for all approach. Vigil fits well with Holdsworth's music.