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    • 28
    • jan

    “Masque is about identity: Who am I? Really, that question has informed everything I’ve done, from the beginning of my solo career.” Vernon Reid is speaking one recent morning as his band bus idles outside the hotel. The night before, of course, anyone in the crowd would have had no trouble answering his query: He is, among other things, a profound instrumentalist, one of the world’s great guitarists — a player so advanced, in fact, that the estimable Robert Fripp has admitted to aspiring to meet Reid’s standards “as a guitarist, musician, and human being.”More than that: He is also a visual artist, who at this point was spending every spare moment with his laptop, finessing the digital works to be displayed right after Christmas in a New York gallery. He’s a poet and essayist, a film composer, a father and husband. But like all the music he has played — with his first, two-time Grammy Award-winning band, Living Colour, on sessions with artists ranging from Carlos Santana to Public Enemy, Mariah Carey to the Ramones, in solo projects and countless live appearances — Other True Self, the second album by Vernon Reid & Masque, on Favored Nations, is more about search than discovery. The title says it. In fact, the titles Reid attached to all of his own work, beginning with his solo debut Mistaken Identity and continuing with the first Favored Nations Masque CD, Known Unknown, outline a journey of self-discovery that’s well underway but far from over.

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    • 28
    • jan

    “Masque is about identity: Who am I? Really, that question has informed everything I’ve done, from the beginning of my solo career.? Vernon Reid is speaking one recent morning as his band bus idles outside the hotel. The night before, of course, anyone in the crowd would have had no trouble answering his query: He is, among other things, a profound instrumentalist, one of the world’s great guitarists — a player so advanced, in fact, that the estimable Robert Fripp has admitted to aspiring to meet Reid’s standards “as a guitarist, musician, and human being.?More than that: He is also a visual artist, who at this point was spending every spare moment with his laptop, finessing the digital works to be displayed right after Christmas in a New York gallery. He’s a poet and essayist, a film composer, a father and husband. But like all the music he has played — with his first, two-time Grammy Award-winning band, Living Colour, on sessions with artists ranging from Carlos Santana to Public Enemy, Mariah Carey to the Ramones, in solo projects and countless live appearances — Other True Self, the second album by Vernon Reid & Masque, on Favored Nations, is more about search than discovery. The title says it. In fact, the titles Reid attached to all of his own work, beginning with his solo debut Mistaken Identity and continuing with the first Favored Nations Masque CD, Known Unknown, outline a journey of self-discovery that’s well underway but far from over.

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    • jan

    Friday, January 20, 2006
    Gary Graff

    Even though Living Colour’s latest release is a retrospective — “Everything Is Possible: The Very Best of Living Colour” (Epic/Legacy) — guitarist Vernon Reid says what’s keeping the band together these days is a desire not to repeat the past — or even think that much about it.

    “I’m very clear in my own head you cannot fix the past,” Reid says. “Every band is its own little militia. Every militia has its own history, its own heroes and villains. But we’re in the here and now. It’s an interesting place to be.”

    After busting out of the New York-based Black Rock Coalition thanks to the patronage of Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger and 1988’s multiplatinum album “Vivid,” the quartet put out three more albums before splitting in 1995. Living Colour reunited in 2000 and released a new album, “Collideoscope,” in 2003.

    “Everything Is Possible” features hits such as “Cult of Personality” and “Glamour Boys,” plus a remix of “Love Rears its Ugly Head” and a rare cover of Cream’s “Sunshine of Your Love.” Nowadays, Reid says, the band members are “more willing to be real about real things. I would say my relationship with Corey Glover has been the best it’s ever been with the lead singer. We all understand what it means to be dedicated to this band again.”

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