- Audio CD (May 4, 2004)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Favored Nations
- Run Time: 47 minutes
- ASIN: B0001Q5Z08
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #324,941 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Vernon uses the guitar synth very tastefully and often combines a synth-generated sound with his straight guitar sound to great effect. Of course he also just plain out shreds his tailfeathers off plenty on several cuts.
Vernon sounds better than ever on this album. He really lays it all out and puts to rest any accusations of sloppiness or whatever else naysayers want to level. This is VR at the top of his game. He proves himself worthy (if we didn't already know) of comparison to all the greats of jazz-fusion or any style you care to name.
Very experimental overall with all the players using different sounds and really feeling each other. This is gonna be awesome to see live!
But the bottom line is -- GO GET THIS CD! I've listened to this over and over again since release day and have only growm to love it more and more. And when I'm not listening to it, it's in my head and makes me yearn for it. I like it even better than Mistaken Identity and that CD is tremendous.
I could go on and on about this disc but words don't do it justice. If you're still reading this and your interest is the least bit piqued, just get it.
If you're a fan of a fusion of rock, jazz, acid jazz and funk...then you'll dig this stuff. I think the band sounds tighter than Mistaken Identity. Leon Gruenbaum sounds great on keys, Hank Schroy sounds improved on bass. Both have been with Vernon since the Mistaken Idenity album. Marlon Browden (ex-John Scofield) is new on drums and is a great addition keeping things tighter than on Mistaken Identity. And naturally Vernon sounds super charged playing jazzy, melodically, outside the ear, and sometimes fast. This album is all instrumental and includes two jazz standards: Monk's Brilliant Corners and Lee Morgan's Sidewinder.
Get it now! :)
Known Unknown drops the sampling and hip-hop beats of Reid's last solo project, Mistaken Identity, staying closer to the old Vernon Reid Power Trio fusion/jazz-metal feel. The set includes covers of Thelonious Monk's "Brilliant Colors" and Lee Morgan's "The Sidewinder," seemlessly weaving scorching guitar riffs over classic charts.
Comparisons to Jimi Hendrix are inevitable and for once well-deserved. Vernon Reid is an amazing guitarist and his new album shows he continues to stretch his limits.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'll make this brief and to the point. I have a very, very large collection of CD and vinyl albums. This album is one of the most frequently played: in the top 5. Read morePublished on July 5, 2012 by Amazon Customer
The standard complaint about Vernon Reid is that his playing is full of empty pyrotechnics. I saw him live with James Blood Ulmer, and he blew me away! Read morePublished on June 13, 2010 by Hank Schwab
Really a joy to listen to this one. You can push play, relax, and take the ride; there are no bad tracks on this album. A great fusion of styles from Rock to Dj, Jazz to Ambient. Read morePublished on January 12, 2009 by James
both masque cds are great; vernon reid is not just an amazing guitarist (there are many around who just think about developing their tecnique, and vernon's one is simply... Read morePublished on May 24, 2004 by piergiovanni gervasi