Mistaken Identity

Mistaken Identity

by Vernon Reid



Vernon Reid constantly dazzles with his astonishing technique. From his days with Living Colour and his collaborations with Bill Frisell, to Mistaken Identity, his first solo album, he has demonstrated that he can play vast array of styles and licks, as well as considerable ambition. In addition to being a skilled guitarits, Reid is a musical theorist and he likes nothing better than consciously mixing genres, creating unique, unpredictable fusions. Unfortunatley, these hybirds work better in theory than they do in practice, as Mistaken Identity proves. Reid can play everything from hip-hop and reggae to jazz, funk and rock, but he has problems uniting these disparate strands into a cohesive whole. Too often, he relies on his instrumental skill to hide his lack of compositional skills -- not one of the songs on the album makes an impression as a song, only as an instrumental showcase. And, for anyone but guitar players, a ceaseless series of solos gets a little tiresome after a while. For those guitar fanatics, however, Mistaken Identity is well worth a listen.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/04/1996
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074646739624
catalogNumber: 67396


Album Credits

Performance Credits

Vernon Reid   Primary Artist
Don Byron   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet
Graham Haynes   Cornet
Fred Hopkins   Acoustic Bass
Curtis Watts   Drums
Jaron Lanier   Kaba Gaida
Brian Cullman   Marxophone
Leon Gruenbaum   Theremin,Melodica
DJ Logic   Turntables
Hank Schroy   Bass,Rhythm Guitar,Fretless Bass Guitar
Eddie Hall   Percussion

Technical Credits

John Lee Hooker   Engineer
Kweyao Agyapon   Contributor
Tchad Blake   Engineer
Jimmy Douglass   Engineer
Scott Harding   Engineer
Lightnin' Hopkins   Engineer
Glen Kolotkin   Engineer
Teo Macero   Producer
Prince Paul   Producer
Vernon Reid   Producer,Illustrations
John Sherman   Contributor
Jaron Lanier   Contributor
Carol Chen   Art Direction

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