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NICK D'VIRGILIO

Crossover Prog • United States


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Nick D'Virgilio is a US born and based composer and musician, born on November 12th 1968. As a cgil he was fascinated by drums, a fascination that became much enhanced after getting a drum kit as a Christmas present at an early age.

He joined his first band at age 15, although at that stage the music itself may now have been the most important aspect of being in a band. That would come later though. After High school he attended the Dick Grove School of Music in Los Angeles, at first specializing in drums but later switching to vocals, songwriting and music theory. He kept playing the drums though.

In 1992 he encountered fellow musicians Neal Morse and Al Morse at a blues jam, which was the start of what would eventually become Spock's Beard. One year later he met Kevin Gilbert, and soon became a close associate of him, lasting until Gilbert's passing in 1996. D'Virgilio had worked close enough with Gilbert to take it upon himself to finish his last album, which Gilbert had merely started working on when he passed. And in 2000 this resulted in the album The Shaming of the True.

One year before Gilbert died, Spock's Beard had gotten their major breakthrough with their debut effort The Light, and they were working on their sophomore effort at the time Gilbert passed away. They continued issuing popular titles for the coming years, which kept D'Virgilio rather busy. And besides his mani band, he was also brought in to be the drummer of Tears for Fears in this period, a task he has continued with to this date. At the same time he was also brought in as the drummer for what turned out to be the last studio effort by Genesis, the 1997 production Calling All Stations.

Around 2000 D'Virgilio managed to find the time to assemble a solo album long in the making as well, and in 2001 Karma was issued. Shortly after this band leader Neal Morse left Spock's Beard, and D'Virgilio took over as lead singer. He still has this role to this day, and along with his commitments with Tears for Fears, hooking up with The Mike Keneally Band and a few select side projects - like Rewiring Genesis - his solo production has so far been limited to the one studio effort from 2001, and a live album - Live & Acoustic - issued in 2004. The latter was also issued as a DVD production.

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2.51 | 9 ratings
Karma
2001

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4.00 | 2 ratings
Live & Acoustic
2004

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3.17 | 5 ratings
Pieces
2011

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 Karma by D'VIRGILIO, NICK album cover Studio Album, 2001
2.51 | 9 ratings

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Nick D'Virgilio Crossover Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

2 stars This is Nick's debut solo album, and he has brought in help from many quarters, including from his day job with the Beard, but has also provided all of the drums and vocals as well as some guitar and keyboards. One is never sure what a solo album from a drummer is going to sound like, even one that can really sing, and the verdict is still out on this one.

Some of the songs are very rhythmic; such as opener, "The River Is Wide" yet also contains good hooks while others just aren't strong enough for one reason or another to be on an album. Nick is one of the best drummers in the business, but he really comes to the fore when playing other people's songs. Probably one for Spock's Beard devotees only.

Originally appeared in Feedback #64, Oct 01

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 Pieces by D'VIRGILIO, NICK album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2011
3.17 | 5 ratings

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Review by Marty McFly
Special Collaborator Errors and Omissions Team

3 stars Nick D'Virgilio, of ... about 20 project's fame, but relatively new to releasing albums under his name directly. He is certainly skilled (one of the best drummers of today's Prog) musician and he handles virtually all instruments here, except the third of five (7 of 9 anyone?), which is a shame, because it's the best one, the one that sounds fullest, most lively, filled with fine sounds, which is a strange thing, because other songs doesn't lack anything in particular, but they limp behind it. Others gets a little bit close to Kevin Gilbert's work, but not so much. And average album.

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 Karma by D'VIRGILIO, NICK album cover Studio Album, 2001
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Review by progrules
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3 stars Shortly after the new millennium took its turn I was pretty much into Spocks Beard and noticed back then some of their members made solo releases. Well, Neal Morse wasn't really a big surprise because he was they great songwriter of the band but Ryo Okumoto and mr. D'Virgilio were more unexpected to me for I didn't really expect these qualities with these guys.

If I look back at the three members and their solo efforts I have to say mr. Morse is by far the outstanding songwriter and the keyboardist and drummer have delivered some nice work with their respective solo albums Coming Through and this release Karma. Okumoto took the heavier road with his effort but D'Virgilio has chosen more middle of the road kind of approach with Karma. Real songs (instead of complex compositions) with prominent vocals and less important instrumental bits and pieces is what I notice most when I compare and have to describe this album.

Solid songs for sure but nothing mindblowing is another conclusion after hearing the whole album once more. The vocals are really good but the compositions are hardly prog I'm afraid which is also proven by the average length of the songs. Ok, not really the only element to call something prog or not but it's a significant feature of most prog in history. And the songs are quite straightforward, sounding a bit like a calmer version of Black Crowes or Live for instance.

It's just the final multi layered song Paying the Price clocking almost 19 minutes that can be called progressive in many senses. But all in all that's not really enough if you ask me. Like I said, a solid release but nothing really to go overboard about. The only outcome can be 3 stars for me because of all the mentioned aspects. Maybe slightly rounded down but it's the best I can do. Nick's drumming and singing are the definite highlights and if you are interested you could go for this release but it's not highly recommended for everyone I dare to state. It could be nice for Beatles fans or probably people who like the Van Morrison approach.

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