LIVING COLOUR guitarist Vernon Reid has set a May 4 release date for his "solo" project, "Known Unknown". Released under the VERNON REID & MASQUE banner, "Known Unknown" was recorded in New York over a two-year period between touring and other commitments. It's composed of nuanced studio sessions and live takes. It contains both originals and what Reid calls "fractured standards" like the band's treatment of THELONIOUS MONK's "Brilliant Corners" and LEE MORGAN's "Sidewinder". Says Reid, "I think of MASQUE as a component part of my life's expression."
"Known Unknown" draws in on the New York underground's finest players. Both Hank Schroy (bass) and Leon Gruenbaum (keyboards) have worked with Reid since MASQUE's debut album, "Mistaken Identity". Drummer Marlon Browden comes fresh from recent work with jazz guitar legend John Scofield. They are joined by Downtown mainstay DJ Logic, who provides cuts and scratches for the groove-heavy "Voodoo Pimp Stroll".
"Known Unknown" track listing:
01. Known Unknown
02. The Slouch
03. Brilliant Corners
04. Strange Blessing
06. Down And Out In Kigali And Freetown
08. Voodoo Pimp Stroll
10. Flatbush And Church
11. Ebow Underground (Excerpt)
12. X The Unknown
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:
May 20 - Boston, MA - Johnny D's
May 22 - Rochester, NY - Montage Grille
May 24 – Victoriaville, QUE - Colisee Des Bois-france