Favored Nations Records has made available the entire VERNON REID & MASQUE CD, "Known Unknown", available for listening online at this location. In addition, you can enter to win an iPod pre-loaded with the record.
VERNON REID & MASQUE is the "solo" project of LIVING COLOUR guitarist Vernon Reid. Released earlier this month, "Known Unknown" was recorded in New York over a two-year period between touring and other commitments and is said to be 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".