Karen Ervin: Percussionist


Pretty amazing lp on a tiny label called “Wim” outta Los Angeles. Robert Kraft conducts, but the album is credited to Ervin as she is the featured soloist on all tracks. The whole lp is quite good as an Avant Garde Percussion record, but the tracks that really set this apart are two spoken word pieces called “Gunslinger”, and “Housewife” – which are narrated by Edmund F. Penney. These two tracks never fail to just absolutely blow my mind every time I hear them. I also really love how the cover pics of Ervin looking totally wholesome give you no hint as to the bizarre music within.

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