Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Vernon Reid and Masque tour dates
Check them out!

Wed 05/19/04 Hartford, CT Webster Theatre / Underground Tickets via
Thu 05/20/04 Somerville, MA Johnny D's
Fri 05/21/04 Kingston, NY The Forum
Sat 05/22/04 Rochester, NY Montage Grille
Mon 05/24/04 Victoriaville, QC Colises Des Bois
Tue 05/25/04 Ottawa, ON Babylon
Wed 05/26/04 Toronto, ON The Reverb Tickets via ticketmaster
Thu 05/27/04 Hamilton, ON Underground
Fri 05/28/04 Williamsville, NY Club Infinity Tickets via
Sat 05/29/04 New York, NY Joe's Pub Tickets via search by show - R-Z [for vernon reid and masque] ) (2 shows 7:30 and 9:30pm)

Vernon Reid and Masque - Known Unknown review

Vernon Reid used his serious guitar skills to create the great black pop/metal band, Living Colour, which had its commercial heyday in the early '90s. As a founding member of the Black Rock Coalition, he continued to explore the connections of rock to jazz, blues and soul.

For this disc, on Steve Vai's Favored Nations label, Reid rocks but experiments with soul, R&B and a bit of funk. The opening title track and "Brilliant Corners" feature hot additions from organ/keyboard guru Leon Gruebaum, but it's Reid's fluid riffs and fiery staccato runs that provide proof of his guitar-hero status. Emotional, gritty and even a bit risky at times, Reid excels especially on "Strange Blessing," "Sidewinder" and "Time."

- Brian Q. Newcomb

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