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of Change

Vernon Reid (Guitar)
“Little Wing”
Band Of Gypsys Revisited @ The Blue Note (NYC)

2017 — 
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Guitar Magazine (1990)

ELECTRIC JAZZ OF ANOTHER KIND: Led by Living Colour bassist Doug Wimbish, with Vernon Reid (guitar), Keith LeBlanc (drums), and Jeff Smith (saxophone), the jam was after Living Colour had played another WimBash (2007), Wimbish’s annual summer show, at Sully’s Pub & Tiki bar, a small, neighborhood club/pizza joint in Hartford, Connecticut, his hometown.

Without the electric guitar, there would be no Fusion music.”

Lenny White (Bitches Brew)

Three decades after the electric guitar had taken its place as Rock N Roll’s alpha dog, Vernon Reid rose out of New York City’s darkest shadows, where he had staked his claim in Manhattan’s Avant community. Where the Jazz is Free. Standing in the light, Vernon introduced his new band Living Colour, and introduced another jolt into Electric Jazz/Jazz Rock music. A new Fusion of Metal, Funk, Punk, Hard Rock, Rhythm, Blues, and Soul. All Aboard the MTV/Rolling Stone rocket ship.

The Experience

“Well … On the night I was born, Lord I swear the Moon turned a Fire Red.”

Jimi Hendrix

“Voodoo Chile”


“We started the show with our man, and we’re gonna close the show with our man.”

Vernon Reid

December 27, 2001— At Disney’s House of Blues in Orlando, Florida, Vernon Reid introduces Living Colour’s encore of the show they were playing to make up for cancelling the earlier date after 9-11 interrupted its reunion tour. After a 7-year hiatus, the band chose to cover a number of each members’ favorites, which included Jimi Hendrix and the Band of Gypsys’ “Power Of Soul,” making more than appropriate, the decision to close with “Crosstown Traffic.”

They Only Come Out At Night
Where The Jazz is Free.
“Voodoo Pimp Stroll”
Vernon Reid
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skot olsen (“They Only Come Out At Night”)

John Zorn (Naked City)
Weegee (1940s NYC Street Photographer)
“A Shot In The Dark”
CBGB — Downtown at its Dirtiest
Opened in 1973 by Hilly Kristal in Manhattan’s East Village. The club was previously a dive bar, frequented mostly by “Easy Rider”-inspired, gang affiliated bikers. (Hell’s Angels / Altamonte / Rolling Stones. The letters CBGB were for Country, Bluegrass, and Blues, Kristal’s original vision, yet CBGB soon became a famed punk rock venue (Ramones) that introduced a number of new wave and Rock N Roll bands (TelevisionPatti Smith Group, Blondie, Talking Heads, Living Colour) that rose to MTV, Pop Culture notoriety.
Screaming Headless Torsos
24-7 Spyz
Bad Brains

Eye & I
Dk Dyson

Dj Logic

Yohimbe Brothers
Free Form Funky Freques

w/ Elliott Sharpe
David Torn

“Joy In Repetition”
One Night Alone: The Aftershow (It Ain’t Over)
2002 —
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Ronald Shannon Jackson & The Decoding Society
James Blood Ulmer (Are You Glad To Be In America?)

w/ John Zorn (NYC @ The Knitting Factory)
Roy Hargrove
The Roots (NYC @ The Highline Ballroom)
Alex Skolnick (NYC @ Iridium)

The Underground Railroad of Your Mind — On his semi-monthly broadcast (streaming on “Home”), Vernon plays and discusses favorites out of his vinyl record collection. (re.collections)

Electric Purgatory

Return to Forever
Bill Connors
Earl Klugh — Gold-Top Gibson Les Paul Guitar used while playing with Return To Forever (1975), between Bill Connors and Al Di Meola. (Vernon’s Guitars), Red Violin, Twenty Bucks, Captain Kirk.
Al Di Meola

Tommy Bolin
Bang (1973) 
Miami (1974)
Mind Transplant (1974)
Teaser (1975)
Come Taste the Band. (1975)
Private Eyes, (1976)
Tommy Bolin (The Drummers)
Billy Cobham Spectrum,
Alphonse Mouzon Mind Transplant
Jeff Porcaro
Narada Michael Walden
Ronald Shannon Jackson

“Are You Glad To Be In America?”
Blood Ulmer w/ Vernon Reid
No Escape From The Blues: The Electric Lady Sessions
2003 —
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Vernon Reid
w/Lenny White (“Hail To The Real Chief”)
Cindy Blackman Give The Drummer Some
Kirk Hammett
Carlos Santana
John McLaughlin
Bill Connor
Earl Klugh
Al Di Meola
Carlos Santana
Eddie Hazel
Jeff Beck
Tommy Bolin

Frank Zappa
Duane Allman
Jimmy Herring

Lenny White (Many Strings Attached)
John McLaughlin
Larry Coryell

Tommy Bolin
Bill Connor

Earl Klugh
Al Di Meola
Carlos Santana
Neil Schon

Jimmy Herring

Vernon Reid

bass guitars
Ron Carter
Stanley Clarke
Jaco Pastorius
Marcus Miller

The Last Poets
Gil Scott-Heron
1979Hip Hop Happens

Skip “Little Axe” McDonald (guitar)
Doug Wimbish (bass)
Keith LeBlanc (drums)

Living Colour
Little Axe
Bernard Fowler

Robert Johnson
Lonnie Johnson
Joe Pass
Andres Segovia
Wes Montgomery
Django Rheinhardt
Elizabeth Cotten
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Odetta Holmes
Buddy Guy
B.B. King
Clarence Gatemouth Brown
Son House
Charley (Charlie) Patton
Muddy Waters
Willie Dixon — With Muddy Waters, one of the two most influential artists in shaping the sound of Post WWII Chicago Blues.
Elmore James
John Lee Hooker
Muddy Waters
Blind Willie McTell

Electric Guitar: Instrument Of Change
Eric Clapton (Cream)
Jimmy Page(Led Zeppelin)
Jeff Beck (Group w/Rod Stewart, Beck Bogert & Appice, Superstition w/Stevie Wonder, Blow by Blow, w/Mick Jagger (Primitive Cool) w/Roger Waters (Amused To Death) w/David Bowie … The Highest Flying Yardbird.
Peter Green (John Mayall / Fleetwood Mac )
Kim Simmonds (Savoy Brown / Foghat)
Gary Moore (Thin Lizzy)

Jimi Hendrix
Duane Allman

Carlos Santana
Eddie Hazel
Frank Zappa
Larry Coryell

Robert Fripp
Adrian Belew
Miles Davis Guitars
John McLaughlin
Pete Cosey
Robben Ford
Mike Stern

John Scofield
Miles Davis Bass Guitars
Ron Carter
Michael Henderson

Paul Chambers
Benny Rietveld
Harvey Brooks
Percy Heath
Darryl Jones (Rolling Stones/Sting)
Nathan East
Stu Hamm
Alphonso Johnson
John Pattitucci
Jeff Berlin
Tony Franklin
Dave Holland
Jonas Hellborg
Mike Watt
Jaco Pastorius (Bass Guitars)
Stanley Clarke
Marcus Miller (bass)
Jimmy Haslip
James Jamerson (Funk Brothers)
Larry Graham (Sly & The Family Stone)
Bootsy Collins
Tony Levin
Doug Wimbish
Esperanza Spalding
Meshell Ndegeocello
Bill Laswell
Armand Sabal-Lecco
Richard Bona
Otiel Burbridge
Rocco Prestia (Tower of Power)
Steely Dan Guitars
Donald Fagen(keys)
Walter Becker (guitar)
Elliott Randall (“Reelin’ In The Years”)
Jeff “Skunk” Baxter

Denny Dias
Dean Parks
Hugh McCracken
Jay Graydon
Mark Knopfler
Rick Derringer
Larry Carlton
Steve Khan
Ray Gomez
George Benson
Lee Ritenour
Eric Gale
Cornell Dupree
John Tropea
John Scofield
Pat Metheny
Joe Satriani
Steve Vai
Eric Johnson
Steve Morse (Dixie Dregs/Deep Purple)
Jimmy Herring (Aquarium Rescue Unit/Project Z)
Dickey Betts (Allman Brothers/Dickey Betts & Great Southern)
Warren Haynes (Gov’t Mule/Allman Brothers)
Derek Trucks (Allman Brothers/Tedesci Trucks Band)
Eric Gales
Allan Holdsworth
Frank Gambale
Steve Stevens
Stevie Salas
Richie Kotzen
John Abercrombie
Phil Keaggy
Jan Akkerman
Jan Akkerman is a Dutch guitarist who  found international critical, commercial, and popular  success with the band Focus, which he co-founded with Thijs van Leer. After leaving Focus, he continued as a solo artist, moving toward the more experimental, instrumental, sounds of Fusion.
Phil Manzanera
Phil Manzanera is an English guitarist, songwriter and record producer. He is the lead guitarist with Roxy Music, and was the lead guitarist with 801, and Quiet Sun. In 2006, Manzanera co-produced David Gilmour‘s album On an Island, and played in Gilmour’s band for tours in Europe and North America. He wrote and presented a series of 14 one-hour radio programmes for station Planet Rock entitled The A-Z of Great Guitarists.
Janne Schaffer
Janne Schaffer is a Swedish songwriter and guitarist. He is best known for his work as a session guitarist for ABBA but he has also recorded with artists such as Bob MarleyJohnny NashArt Farmer and Tony Williams. He also played at the 1977 Montreux Jazz Festival.His 1979 album Earmeal included session work from brothers JeffSteve and Mike Porcaro, as well as their father, Joe Porcaro. This is one of the few instances where the entire Porcaro family appears together on one album, the most well-known examples being Toto’sToto IV and The Seventh One.
Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple / Rainbow)
Robin Trower (Procol Harem)
Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath)
David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
Brian May (Queen)
Peter Frampton (Humble Pie)
Steve Howe(Yes)
Martin Barre (Jethro Tull)
Ronnie Montrose (Edgar Winter Group)
Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top)
Ted Nugent (Amboy Dukes)
Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen)

Scotty Moore
Carl Perkins
Roy Clark
Glen Campbell
The Shadows
The Ventures
Dick Dale
T-Bone Walker
Johnny Winter

Stevie Ray Vaughan
Eric Johnson

Ty Tabor (King’s X)
Darrell Dimebag (Pantera)

Ry Cooder
David Lindley
Waddy Watchell
Sonny Landreth
Ani DiFranco
Joan Armatrading
Tracy Chapman
Lianne La Havas
Kaki King
Michelle Shocked

Jimi Hendrix 
1970Voodoo Child

When The Blues Got Hard

Led Zeppelin
1971 — All in the Family, Pentagon Papers
1972 — Steely Dan “Reelin’ In The Years”
1973 — Pink Floyd Dark Side of The Moon
1974 — Richard Nixon resigns as President of United States in the wake of the Watergate Scandal, All The President’s Men (Movie), California Jam …

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1975 — Before The Rainbow Was Gay
1976 — Stuff, Sea Level, Spyro Gyra, George Benson,
1977 — Voyager, Star Wars, Saturday Night Fever (SoundTrack) Bee Gees, Donna Summer, Earth Wind & Fire (All ‘n All), Earl Klugh (Finger Painting
1978 — Larry Carlton, Steve Khan, Lee Ritenour, Bee Gees, Rick James (Bitch) v. Ron Carter (The Distinguished Gentleman), Talking Heads, The Clash, Blondie (Parallel Lines), Television, CBGB, Concrete Blonde, Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler

Tom Petty
1980 — Yellowjackets, Ray Gomez, Blood Ulmer, X Los Angeles,  (Gainesville, Florida)
“They Only Come Out At Night”
Larry Levan / NYC Peech Boys (“Don’t Make Me Wait”)
David Mancuso (The Loft) Studio 54 (‎A Night at Studio 54, ‎Studio 54 (film), ‎54 Below, ‎Steve Rubell) The Roxy
King Crimson Discipline King Crimson’s first album after a seven-year hiatus. Only band co-founder and guitarist Robert Fripp and drummer Bill Bruford remained from the previous incarnation. They were joined by two American musicians: guitarist, vocalist and lyricist Adrian Belew and bassist and backing vocalist Tony Levin. The album introduced a new sound for the band, influenced by new wavepost-punk and world music, while retaining an experimental character, helping lay the groundwork for what would eventually be known as post-progressive rock.
1982 — Bill Laswell (Material)
Bernard FowlerNona Hendryx, and Whitney Houston.
Concrete Blonde, X Los Angeles , CDs introduced
1983 — Herbie Hancock (“Rockit / Future Shock“)
1984 — BEAT STREET, George Orwell 1984 (Book)
1985 — Dire Straits Brothers In Arms, Sting Bring On The Night (1986).
1985 — Living Colour
A Band Grows In Brooklyn
Knitting Factory
1985 — Mick Jagger
She’s The Boss
Artists United Against Apartheid
Miami Vice w/Jan Hammer

1986 — Jeff Beck Flash
Japanese Tour w/Jan Hammer, Doug Wimbish, Simon Phillips, Steve Lukather, Jimmy Hall, Santana, Alphonso Johnson
Keith Leblanc “Major Malfunction”
Adrian Sherwood (ON-U SOUND)
1986 — King MissilePaul Simon Graceland, Challenger.
1987 — Mick Jagger Primitive Cool, NWA,
1988 — Vivid
Colors (Movie)
Bloods v. Crips
Robert Duvall,
Sean Penn,
Dennis Hopper,
Bill Hicks (LA Riots),
Michelle Shocked

1989 — “Elvis Is Dead”
Living Colour International Rock Awards “Best Newcomer”

1989 — Bill Hicks Dangerous
Rolling Stones
1989 — Steel Wheels Tour (album)
1990 — Time’s Up
Hubble Telescope
1991 — Lollapalooza
Biscuits (EP) New Jack City (Movie)
“Living For The City”
Troop and LeVert w/ Queen Latifah
New Jack City (Soundtrack)

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Warner Bros.

Ice-T (Body Count)
Bill Hicks (HBO) One Night Stand
Public Enemy (“Funny Vibe”) w/ Living Color
1992 — Seattle (Grunge)
Nirvana Nevermind, Singles (Movie)

Annie Lennox Diva
1993 — Stain
Living Colour No Dread (Live)
Little Axe Never Turn Back
Billy Idol Cyberpunk
Judgement Night (Movie)
“Me, Myself, & My Microphone” (Run DMC w/ Living Colour)
Bill Hicks (Arizona Bay)
1994 — Little Axe The Wolf that House Built (Okeh)
1995 — Living Colour Pride Dire Straits “Money For Nothing” w/ Sting, 
Annie Lennox Medusa. O.J. Simpson (Getting Away With Murder)
1996 — Vernon Reid Mistaken Identity
Little Axe Slow Fuse(Lillehammer Winter Olympics)
1997 — Bill Clinton, Naked Launch, Harry Potter …
1998 — Corey Glover Hymns (Vice)
1999 — Herb Alpert, Colors, Y2K
by Jonathan Widran
It would be easy for the former Tijuana Brassman and founder of A&M to just rest on his career achievements or just make music to pass the time, but instead, the 60-something trumpeter rings in with one of the year’s most remarkable jams. Alpert’s recent output has ranged from the heart of smooth jazz (Second Wind, produced by Jeff Lorber) to fiery Latin (Passion Dance), but here the muse takes him to the mystical world of studio-bred trip-hop. Working with multi-instrumentalists and producers Will Calhoun and Doug Wimbish, Alpert surrounds his muted trumpet with hypnotic vibes and ambiences — some of which seem to drift into the sonic atmospheres, others bred from thick machine generated exotic percussion textures percolating over throbbing urban bass grooves. While ethereal experimentation with tons of cool studio equipment and sonic possibilities seems to be the general philosophy, he hasn’t forgotten his Latin roots. The opening track, “Libertango,” features a lighthearted horn melody drifting over a throbbing urban bass groove, percussion clicks, and the galloping flamenco flavors of Wimbish’s acoustic guitar, all wrapped up in a dramatic synth orchestral sweep. “Dorita” centers Bernard Fowler‘s Spanish vocals amidst a wacky swirl of pitter patter and marching percussion, spacey sound effects, exotic soundscaping, moody retro keyboards, and Alpert’s catchy, laid-back melody. Bridging past and present, Alpert approaches Burt Bachrach’s “The Look of Love” as if it were a Miles Davis/Brian Eno collaboration, his smoky horn enhanced by his wife Lani Hall‘s breathy vocals. He also covers himself with a new hip-hop shuffle arrangement of his popular early-’80s gem, “Magic Man.” Older and wiser than either Rick Braun or Chris Botti, Alpert gives the genre’s two top horn guns a powerful run for their smooth jazz money.

1999 — Prince, Vernon
2000 — Y2K / Trippy Notes For Bass
2001 — Living Colour (Reunion)
Reunion (9-11) Post-Apocalyptic Area, 2001: A Space Odyssey,
2001 — 9-11
Ani DiFranco “Self Evident,” Living Colour “Flying.”
2002 — Little Axe Hard Grind
2003 — CollideOscope
Head>>Fake Live In The Area Of Prague
Little Axe Champagne & Grits
2005 —  
2006 — Little Axe Stone Cold Ohio (Real World/Virgin)
Bernard Fowler Friends And Privileges
The Bura (2015) 
Inside Out (2019) 
Bought for a Dollar, Sold for a Dime (2010) Real World
If You Want Loyalty Buy a Dog (2011) On-U Sound
Wanted – Live 1996 (2012) Little Axe Recordings
Return (2013) Echo Beach
One Man – One Night (2016) 12:10 Records
London Blues (2017) Echo Beach
2008 — WIMBASH
Along Came a Spider (Alice Cooper)
Ever Changing Times (Steve Lukather)
2009 — WIMBASH Chair In The Doorway
Tack>>Head (Bernard Fowler) NYC @ The Highline Ballroom, 2009 In USA
All’s Well That Ends Well (Steve Lukather)
2011 —
2012 —
2013 —
2014 —
2015 —
2016 —
2017 —
2018 — 2018 IN USA
2019 — BLACK HOLE photograph
2020 —
2021 —
2022 —
2023 —
Vernon Reid
Darker Than Blue.
w/ James Blood Ulmer
also: Living Colour Reunion
also: w/ Jack Bruce Spectrum Road
John McLaughlin
Carlos Santana
Kirk Hammett (Metallica)
Cindy BlackmanGive The Drummer Some
Lenny Kravitz — “Black And White America”

“Power Of Soul”
1969 Jimi Hendrix (Band of Gypsys)
Live @ The Fillmore East (NYC)
New Year’s Eve 1970
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Jimi Hendrix
“VooDoo Chile”
Electric Ladyland

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— yZ.

1960 — Jimi Hendrix pictured outside playing his Danelectro guitar on Yesler Street, Seattle, WA.

Jimi Hendrix exploded everyone’s idea of what rock n roll music could be: He manipulated the guitar, the whammy bar, the studio, and the stage.

On songs like “Machine Gun” or “Voodoo Chile,” his instrument is like a divining rod of the turbulent Sixties, and in “The Star-Spangled Banner” he played at Woodstock, you hear the riots in the streets of America, and napalm dropping in the jungles of Vietnam.
His playing was effortless. There’s not one minute of his recorded career that feels like he’s working hard at it — it feels like it’s all flowing through him. The most beautiful song of the Jimi Hendrix canon is “Little Wing.” It’s just this gorgeous song that, as a guitar player, you can study your whole life and not get down, never get inside it the way that he does. He seamlessly weaves chords and single-note runs together and uses chord voicings that don’t appear in any music book.

His riffs were a pre-metal funk bulldozer, and his lead lines were an electric LSD trip down to the crossroads, where he pimp-slapped the devil.



— Warner Brothers


There are arguments about who was the first guitar player to use feedback. It doesn’t really matter, because Hendrix used it better than anyone; he plugged into a Marshal stack, what was to become ’70s Funk, in a way that nobody has done since.
It’s impossible to think of what Jimi would be doing now; he seemed like a pretty mercurial character. Would he be an elder statesman of rock? Would he be Sir Jimi Hendrix? Or would he be doing some residency off the Vegas Strip? The good news is his legacy is assured as the greatest guitar player of all time.

Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine

“Joy And Repetition”
One Night Alone(2002)
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Washington Avenue Miami Beach

Glam Slam (Miami Beach)



Joy In Repetition

Prince with The New Power Generation
It Ain’t Over! ℗ 2002 NPG Records, Inc.
Manufactured and Distributed by Legacy Recordings
Released 12/17/02
Prince & The New Power Generation
Guitars: Prince
Drums: John Blackwell
Bass Guitar: Rhonda Smith
Bass Guitar: Larry Graham
Keyboards: Renato Neto
Saxophone: Maceo Parker
Saxophone: Candy Dulfer

He played arguably the greatest power-ballad guitar solo in history (“Purple Rain”), and his solo on an all-star performance of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” during George Harrison‘s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in 2004 had jaws on the floor. But he can also bring the nasty funk like Rick James, Jimmy Nolen (James Brown), and Nile Rodgers (listen to the groove magic of “Kiss”) or shred like the fiercest metalhead (“When Doves Cry”). Sometimes his hottest playing simply functions as background – see “Gett Off” and “Dance On.” Prince gets a lot of Hendrix comparisons, but he sees it differently: “If they really listened to my stuff, they’d hear more of a Santana influence than Jimi Hendrix,” he once told Rolling Stone. “Hendrix played more blues, Santana played prettier.” To Miles Davis, who collaborated with the Purple One toward the end of his life, Prince was a combination of James Brown, Jimi HendrixMarvin Gaye, and Charlie Chaplin. How can you miss with that?”

Charlie Chaplin
Fred Aistaire
Sammy Davis Jr.
Michael Jackson

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