“Voodoo Pimp Stroll”
b/ Vernon Reid & Masque
— w/ Ronald Shannon Jackson and The Decoding Society
1980 — Eye On You
1981 — Nasty
1982 — Thermonuclear Sweat (w/Defunkt)
1982 — Mandance (Antilles)
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)
With Ronald Shannon Jackson and The 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.
1982 — On Defunkt’s Thermonuclear Sweat Vernon still exhibits his cerebral side, but there was rhythm, melody, and even a beat, a sort of Funk-Infused Hard Rock, reminiscent of EDDIE HAZEL and early FUNKADELIC.
• First, playing clubs in the city’s five boroughs, and Manhattan,
noteably at CBGB, 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
1994 — No Dread (Live Recordings from 1993 World Tour)
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
9-11 — INTERRUPTION
Post-Apocalyptic Reaction …
— video by Larry Blumenstein Video Productions
Yohimbe Brothers @ The Bowery Ballroom
New York City (2002)
After the dissolution of Living Colour (1994), some called Vernon’s solo material “avant,” a return to the New York City Underground, where his career started in the early 1980s.
Although reminiscent of his past with The Decoding Society and Defunkt, the addition of Dj Logic, left no doubt that Vernon was looking toward the future.
BLACK ROCK COALITION — when?
2004 — Masque
2018 — Band of Gypsys (Re-Visited)
VERNON REID (In The Past)
In The Past w/ …
Roy Hargrove (?)
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)
“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