Living Colour Guitarist Vernon Reid Lists His Essential Jazz Records For Metalheads

While Living Colour are best known for making groovy, adventurous funk metal—from their 1988 debut, Vivid, featuring the hit, “Cult of Personality,” to their 2003 comeback album, Collideøscope , to their latest record, 2009’s The Chair in the Doorway—their guitarist Vernon Reid is equally inspired by jazz, from classic bebop to the avant-garde. So we asked him to share some of his prime inspiration…and all that jazz.


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  • tim robinson

    Excellent list, and not just for metal heads!

  • Rogue Simulant

    Great list, props for including Miles Davis’ “Kind Of Blue”; that was the album that made this metalhead start to listen to and appreciate jazz. Now when are Vernon and his bandmates gonna get work on another Living Color album?