Here's another favorite percussion album, to go along with the Marimba album I posted a few months ago. This one is more varied, with Phil Kraus playing a variety of instruments - more than a dozen - in solo and in overdub, and with a variety of backing from other instruments.
I wish this record was in better condition - in particular, the first and last few tracks on side two suffer from a lot of noise, but the skill of the performer shines through, and despite the sonic flaws, I find this most enjoyable.
My personal favorites are "Buffoon", with tuned bongo drums making for a unique effect, and "Nola" which is just one of those great songs which would probably work on almost any instrument, but which is particularly suited for those instruments which are designed much like a piano.
The text on the back cover does a fine job of explaning just what is going on in the individual tracks, as well as giving a bit of Phil Kraus' impressive resume, so I will refer you to that text, rather than go on and on about it here.
1.) Phil Kraus - Hindustan (MP3)
2.) Phil Kraus - Dizzy Fingers (MP3)
3.) Phil Kraus - Japanese Sandman (MP3)
4.) Phil Kraus - Jan (MP3)
5.) Phil Kraus - Chinese Lullaby (MP3)
6.) Phil Kraus - Just Flippin (MP3)
7.) Phil Kraus - Kashmiri Song (MP3)
8.) Phil Kraus - Buffoon (MP3)
9.) Phil Kraus - March of the Siamese Children (MP3)
10.) Phil Kraus - Nola (MP3)
11.) Phil Kraus - In a Persian Market (MP3)
12.) Phil Kraus - Liza (MP3)