Bang A Gong

A casually recorded assortment of Balinese gamelan ensembles, Pitamaha hits the racks, appropriately enough, via taper-friendly Medeski Martin & Wood drummer Billy Martin's percussocentric Amulet label. Producer David Baker recorded bamboo and bronze ensembles playing in informal settings, and if you ever wondered about the musical roots of minimalist composers Philip Glass and Steve Reich, this is the place to look. The highlight, however, is the 15-minute "Tenganan" (RealAudio excerpt), a complex and rewarding composition performed by one of the island's increasingly popular (if sadly uncredited) all-female gamelan ensembles.