Fred Begun is that rare sort of percussionist whose musicianship parallels that of a fine concert violinist. He possesses the ability to translate into complete music the rough and primitive instincts of aggression which a less sensitive person may bring untempered to that most easily abused of instruments, the drum. In the world of classical music, rich with tradition, where a player’s cultivation of superb technique, tone. and historical understanding is by necessity regarded as a given factor. Fred stands out as uniquely total master of his instrument.