“Voodoo Pimp Stroll”
b/ Vernon Reid & Masque Known Unknown
OF LIVING COLOUR
• LIVING COLOUR
• Vernon Cont’d
1980 — DOWNTOWN NYC
— w/ Ronald Shannon Jackson and The Decoding Society
1980 — Eye On You
1981 — Nasty
1982 — Thermonuclear Sweat (w/Defunkt)
1982 — Mandance (Antilles)
1982 — On Defunkt’s Thermonuclear Sweat, Vernon was still cerebral, but with Defunkt, there was more rhythm, melody, and beat … a sort of Funk-Infused, Hard Rock, reminiscent of EDDIE HAZEL and early FUNKADELIC.
1983 — Barbeque Dog (Antilles)
1983 — Live at The Montreux Jazz Festival (Knit Classics)
1983 — Street Priest
1984 — Smash & Scatteration (w/Bill Frisell)
1985 — Decode Yourself (Island)
Vernon’s musical career started in downtown New York City. Manhattan’s darker, Lower East Side (The Bowery).
He started with Ronald Shannon Jackson, as the young guitarist in the drummer’s so-called Decoding Society. Vernon Reid began his musical career [DOWNTOWN] in New York City. In the early 1980s, it was in this darker space, where more open-minded, free-thinking, improvisational musicians explored the outer reaches of what they called “FREE JAZZ.”
A movement led by Yoda-like elders, including, Jackson, PHAROAH SANDERS, CECIL TAYLOR, JAMES “BLOOD” ULMER, and ORNETTE COLEMAN.
For Vernon, it was a fine education, and fortunately for all who appreciate Living Colour, one of his best lessons was meeting DEFUNKT in a small basement club called THE KNITTING FACTORY.
A band at home [DOWNTOWN], but a band whose sound was more accessible, more musical, LESS FREE?
Some called it “AVANT-FUNK,” and it was a sound that more accurately represented where Vernon’s sonic journey was headed.
1985 — BLACK ROCK COALITION
First, playing clubs in the city’s five boroughs (Beastie Boys), and Manhattan,
notably at CBGB. Downtown, in the Bowery, also home of
Patti Smith, Television, Talking Heads, The Ramones …
1988 — Vivid
1989 — Rolling Stones “Steel Wheels” North American Tour
1989 — Saturday Night Live
1990 — Time’s Up
1991 — Lollapalooza Festival (Inaugural)
1991 — Eye & i (w/Melvin Gibbs, DK Dyson, Bernie Worrell)
1993 — Stain
— “Crosstown Traffic” (Stone Free: Tribute to Jimi Hendrix)
1994 — No Dread (Live Recordings from 1993 World Tour)
— “Sunsine Of Your Love” (True Lies) w/ Jack Bruce, Eric Clapton
1995 — Pride (New/Old)
1996 — Mistaken Identity (Solo)
1998 — GTR OBLQ (Guitar Oblique)
w/Elliott Sharp and David Torn
2000 — Living Colour Reunion @ CBGB
2001 — Living Colour Reunion Tour
911 — BEGINNING OF THE END
POST APOCALYPTIC RESURRECTION
— video by Larry Blumenstein Video Productions
2002 — Yohimbe Brothers
Yohimbe Brothers @ The Bowery Ballroom
New York City (2002)
After the dissolution of Living Colour (1994), Vernon’s solo material was often described as “avant,” a return to the New York City Underground, where his career started in the early 1980s.
Although reminiscent of his beginning with Ronald Shannon Jackson and The Decoding Society, the addition of 21st Century mixer Dj Logic, Vernon left no doubt that as always, he was looking toward the future.
2003 — CollideOscope
2004 — ?
2005 — ?
2006 — ?
2007 — Wimbash / Brazil
2009 — Chair In The Doorway
2010 — ?
2011 — ?
2012 — ?
2013 — VIVID 25th ANNIVERSARY
2015 — “Who Shot Ya?” Violent Summer In The City
2016 — Get On The Boat (Rock N Roll Cruise Ship Yodas)
2017 — SHADE
2018 — “Machine Gun” b/ Band of Gypsys (Re-Visited)
2019 — Cruise Ship Veterans
Blues Cruise out of New Orleans followed (without a break) by a Rock N Roll Carribean Cruise that left Fort Lauderdale, the week we learned of the presence of COVID-19.
2020 — VIRUS, VACCINE, AND WAR
2021 — REEMERGENCE?HOPE / SUMMERLAND TOUR
VERNON REID (In The Past)
In The Past w/ …
Eye & I
Black Sugar Transmission
(Reid solos on the title track of 2009’s USE IT EP)
MC 900 Ft. Jesus
Lenny White (Bitches Brew 50 Anniversary Project)
— Living Colour w/ The Last Poets
TONGUES ON FIRE (A TRIBUTE TO THE BLACK PANTHERS)
Paris, France (2/6/10)
written b/ David Murray
art b/ Emory Douglas
musical interpretation b/ Living Colour
• Vernon Reid (guitar)
• Corey Glover (vocals)
• Will Calhoun (drums)
• Doug Wimbish (bass guitar)