NEW YORK, NY (PRWEB) March 12, 2004 -
Â Vernon Reid, best known as guitarist/songwriter in the band Living Colour, has signed with Favored Nations and is preparing for the May 4 street date of his latest ÂsoloÂ project, Known Unknown.
In fact part of the band Vernon Reid & Masque, Reid makes a departure from the vocal rock outings of Living Colour, hearkening back to his origins in the New York avant garde scene Â smashing musical preconceptions and conventions.
It is this Vernon Reid who has collaborated with such greats as Public Enemy, Mick Jagger, Carlos Santana and The Roots; who produced albums by James ÂBloodÂ Ulmer and Salief Keita; and composes soundtracks for film, theater and dance.
ReidÂs signature scratch and growl guitar opens the albumÂs title track. From there, he gears to deliver the Bitches Brew improvisational freak-out of ÂDown & Out In Kigali and Freetown.Â In the ÂOutskirts,Â he turns to surf guitar and modal jazz. Finally, in ÂFlatbush & Church,Â he brings it back to the Vernon Reid that many fans know. Reid is the chief architect behind this innovative sonic landscape Â he is part guitar player and part visionary artist.
Reid recorded Known Unknown in New York over as two-year period between touring and other commitments. ItÂs composed of nuanced studio sessions and live takes. It contains both originals and what Reid calls Âfractured standardsÂ like the bandÂs treatment of Thelonious MonkÂs ÂBrilliant CornersÂ and Lee MorganÂs ÂSidewinder.Â According to Reid, ÂI think of Masque as a component part of my lifeÂs expression.Â
Known Unknown draws in on the New York undergroundÂs finest players. Both Hank Schroy (bass) and Leon Gruenbaum (keyboards including the custom-built Samchillian Tip Tip Tip Cheeepeeeee) have worked with Reid since MasqueÂs debut album, Mistaken Identity. Drummer Marlon Browden comes fresh from recent work with jazz guitar legend John Scofield. Together, the three are a fearsome force who at once act as tour guides through this strange Unknown world.
They are joined by Downtown mainstay DJ Logic, who provides cuts and scratches for the groove-heavy ÂVoodoo Pimp Stroll.Â
Reid and Favored Nations founder (and guitar legend) Steve Vai have been friends for years and both are thrilled to have Masque as part of the labelÂs lineup. Says Reid, ÂSteve is astounding in ways words canÂt articulate.Â
Living Colour remains together and Reid is presently on tour with the band through Europe. When he returns, Masque will begin to tour North America.
Early dates include the following with many more to follow:
May 20 - Boston, MA - Johnny D's
May 22 - Rochester, NY - Montage Grille
May 24 Â Victoriaville, QUE - Colisee Des Bois-france
For more information on Vernon Reid & Masque, please contact:
Cary Baker (818) 986-5200 firstname.lastname@example.org