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Australian born drummer Virgil DONATI has been playing drums since he was a small child. His first major label release was recorded when he was only fifteen. When he was nineteen he came to the United States to study music. Returning to Australia to perform, he had the opportunity to play with many artists, including Branford MARSILIS and Kenny KIRKLAND. Since then, he has become well known for his work with PLANET X, Steve VAI, Steve WALSH, Derek SHERINIAN, and many others.

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Virgil Donati | In This LifeVirgil Donati | In This Life
Virgil Donati 2013
Audio CD$43.31
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Virgil Donati | The Dawn of Time | CDVirgil Donati | The Dawn of Time | CD
Virgil Donati 2016
Audio CD$13.63
Cosmic YearCosmic Year
CD Baby 2008
Audio CD$13.87
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Power Drumming [VHS]Power Drumming [VHS]
Warner Brothers Pub. 2000
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Cosmic Year by Virgil DonatiCosmic Year by Virgil Donati
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3.80 | 5 ratings
3.40 | 5 ratings
Just Add Water
3.72 | 8 ratings
Serious Young Insects (as On The Virg)
4.06 | 23 ratings
In This Life
4.67 | 3 ratings
The Dawn of Time

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 Serious Young Insects (as On The Virg) by DONATI, VIRGIL album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.72 | 8 ratings

Serious Young Insects (as On The Virg)
Virgil Donati Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Ovidiu

5 stars Absolutelly phenomenal album!Super jazz metal fusion made by true pros plus killer drumwork on this album,absolutelly mindblowing!Donati is a master of polyrhythms,his versatility is unbelieveble and this modern type of fusion can please even the most pretentious fusion lover!The sound is killer too,wonderful indeed!The diversity of the compositions is well balanced,each musician is an ace in hos work,but overall is this "not of this earth" drumming from Virgil Donati,absolutelly fantastic!Sometimes we have the impressions that the unbelieveble technical skills provided by Donati ,are here only to prove his fantastic talent and this music is made only for musicians!That's not true,but to fully understand this album,there are many auditions necessary!For me ,this is an essential album,a masterpiece in jazz metal fusion and deserves 5 stars!
 In This Life by DONATI, VIRGIL album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.06 | 23 ratings

In This Life
Virgil Donati Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Ovidiu

5 stars Killer album!Absolutelly stunning piece of true art,a wonderful display of the almost inhuman technical skills for this out of this world musician!Being a longtime fan of this killer drummer,I was absolutelly thrilled to hear thet Mr Donati has a new solo album!And,this too long wait plenty worth it!IN THIS LIFE is far superior,from the technical point of view,but also because of the elaborated compositions,so it's far superior to all PLANET X impressive albums!Why?Simply,because on this album Doanti is pushing his technical skills to some unbelieveble limits,showing that he is almost a human drum machine!The sound is perfect,crystal clear and the diversity of the compositions is very atractive!!!This man can play some math rhythms,polirhythms that are scarry even for the accomplished drummers,not speaking about the beginners,which must be thrilled about this man demonstrations of unbelieveble virtuosity!A hard to dig album,but a very enjoyable musical experience,both for musicians or fans of extremelly technical fusion!!!It's difficult to find something else more technical or spectacular than this album ,because it's damn exceptional and skilled!All the guys in the band are aces and the impressive list of the guests invited,means a new recomendation for an exceptional album!Fantastic album,amazing musicianship,top class fusion album-a milestone album under all aspects!5 stars for me!
 Serious Young Insects (as On The Virg) by DONATI, VIRGIL album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.72 | 8 ratings

Serious Young Insects (as On The Virg)
Virgil Donati Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by b_olariu
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3 stars On the Virg is another progressive metal/jazz fusion band with quite complicated arrangements. They release so far a single album in 1999 named Serious young insects. Virgil Donaty the famous drumer is on the helm here, helped by other skillfull musicians Simon Hosford on guitar, Phil Turcio on keyboards, Evripides Evripidou on bass = the result is awesome instrumental album. The music as I said is quite complicated of course, going from prog metal chops to a more jazz fusion sophistication and complex arrangements with a good doze of harmonic parts where the guitar and keybords make the main role. The album is pretty solid, not a single piece is boring, the pieces flows from one to another pretty well, the listner remaing pleasent surprised in the end, like I was for sure. Similar with for ex Planet X, Derek Sherinian solo albums, LTE canadians Grey Matter, Cosmics etc. and with bands that incorporated besides prog metal jazz fusion elements giving a truly solid and well played prog metal fuzion. The musicianship as expected is top notch, Donati is a well known and respected musician (drumer) in this field , here is no less a brillienat performer. So, I will give 3.5 stars, great album, I realy liked what I've heared. Recommended to those who enjoy prog metal and aswell jazz fusion in same time.
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