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Vernon Reid & Masque - Known Unknown album download
Vernon Reid & Masque  - Known Unknown album download
Performer: Vernon Reid
Title: Known Unknown
Country: US
Released: 2004
Rating: 4.1/5
FLAC size: 1415 mb | MP3 size: 1300 mb | WMA size: 1259 mb
Genre: Jazz / Rock

This album is totally instrumental, whereas the last one had a moment or two with vocals and many samples, and the loopiness and sense of humor Prince Paul brought to the table are largely absent. Interestingly, they try out a couple of covers on this album: Monk's "Brilliant Corners" and Lee Morgan's "The Sidewinder," the latter of which is ultimately more successful (it ain't easy doing justice to Monk tunes). DJ Logic joins for "Voodoo Pimp Stroll," one of the album's highlights, along with the beautiful "Time

With Known Unknown, his second recording with his group Masque, Reid demonstrates one of the single largest components of his playing: organized chaos. Whether it is on the anthemic title track, the New York-meets-New Orleans groove of the Meters-inspired "The Slouch" or his anarchic reading of Monk's "Brilliant Corners," Reid's solo style is best described as reckless abandon with a sense of purpose. With a more overt pop sensibility than his first Masque recording, 1996's Mistaken Identity, and with a new band, this is a different recording; but the one thing that ties it to the first record is Reid's attempts to fuse numerous styles, including rock, reggae, funk, hip-hop and, of course, jazz. The problem is that while his marriages are academically interesting, they sometimes have difficulty rising above the clinical.

Vernon Alphonsus Reid (born 22 August 1958) is a British-born American guitarist and songwriter. Reid was the founder and primary songwriter of the rock band Living Colour, Reid was named No. 66 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2004 list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. Critic Steve Huey writes, " rampant eclecticism encompasses everything from heavy metal and punk to funk, R&B and avant-garde jazz, and his anarchic, lightning-fast solos have become something of a hallmark as well.

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Tracklist Hide Credits

1 Known Unknown
2 The Slouch
3 Brilliant Corners
4 Strange Blessing
5 Outskirts
6 Down And Out In Kigali And Freetown
7 Sidewinder
8 Voodoo Pimp Stroll
Guest – DJ Logic
9 Time
10 Flatbush And Church
11 Ebow Underground (Excerpt)
12 X The Unknown


  • Bass – Hank Schroy
  • Co-producer – Joe Johnson
  • Design [Package] – Dave Brubaker*
  • Drums – Marlon Browden
  • Guitar, Guitar Synthesizer – Vernon Reid
  • Mastered By – Dave McNair
  • Mixed By – Joe Johnson
  • Organ, Piano – Leon Gruenbaum
  • Producer [Produced By] – Vernon Reid
  • Recorded By – Joe Johnson

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Rights Society: AUME
  • Matrix / Runout: A0100506327-0101 11
  • Barcode: 690897232020
  • Barcode: 6 90897 23202 0

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
FN2320-2 Vernon Reid & Masque Vernon Reid & Masque - Known Unknown ‎(CD, Album) Favored Nations FN2320-2 US 2004