I am always looking for percussion music. Solo percussion, that is - I'm always disappointed when I buy something by a well known drummer only to find that he's only a part of the whole. I want the percussionist and only the percussionist. Anyone attend the Minnesota Renaissance Festival this year? I did a couple weeks ago - a great place to spend nearly a whole day. Near the end of the day (6:30 on Saturday, not certain if this event is held on Sunday), they have something called "The Drum Battle" (I think that's what it's called) at varying places around the site. This is where they gather a lot of drums - tympani, bass, snare, varieties of African and other sorts, sometimes a cymbal, sometimes a gong - it varies - and bash the dickens out them for about a half hour. Well, I shouldn't say bash - there is a rhythm to it all. I don't know exactly what style to call it, but I've always thought it was African. All the drummers play very well and seem to know their stuff. (They also encourage everyone to dance and a great many do. This is just about as much fun to watch as is listening to the drumming, especially the younger, uninhibited females). I stand as close to the drums as I can (I don't dance). I don't even like one person to be between me and the drums - I want full impact. It's loud! Really loud. It just makes the whole day for me. Anyway, to the point. At the end of the drumming, the main guy on the tympani started selling a cd called Big Drum Sound, one of those self-produced things you often see musicians try to unload at their performances. I bought one ($15) hoping it was more of the same. It was. Very well-recorded and played. I had a good time last Friday afternoon entertaining all my neighbors when I put this on and let loose my system nearly as loud as it will go (which is damned loud - 115 dbs. +) for 65 minutes. No one complained, but I know you could have heard this a block away. If this kind of stuff interests you, I'm certain someone will be happy to sell you a copy. It's not available in stores or online (I'm pretty certain). The only contact information I have is a listed e-mail address [email protected]. Ask about this cd, Big Drum Sound No. 1. If you like percussion, you will not regret it. For those intending to attend the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, be aware that this coming weekend is the last. P.S. The leader of this drum ensemble is the spitting image of Jonathan Frakes - Commander Riker on Star Trek: TNG. If I didn't know he wasn't Jonathan Frakes, I would swear that he was. A lot more animated than the real Frakes though.