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                      May 23, 1999
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               three stars
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                        DAVID ORNETTE CHERRY, "The End of a Century,"
                        Tonga Productions

                      By DON HECKMAN

                      Cherry, the son of the late trumpeter Don Cherry, was born in
                      1958, the year his father and Ornette Coleman recorded their first
                      album. And the title of the younger Cherry's first solo project (as well as
                      its rap-jazz title piece) no doubt intentionally echo the intent of a
                      somewhat later Coleman-Cherry recording, "Change of the Century."
                           Although he has included two Coleman pieces ("The Memory of
                      Things" and "From Top to Bottom"), the album is oriented much more
                      strongly in the direction of the eclectic, world music combinations his
                      father pursued in the years immediately before his death in 1995.
                      "Multi-kulti" was the elder Cherry's description, and it applies here, as
                      well. Working with an impressive array of Los Angeles
                      talent--trombonist Phil Ranelin, saxophonist Ralph "Buzzy" Jones, bassist
                      Roberto Miranda and cornetist Bobby Bradford, among
                      others--keyboardist Cherry produces music that alternates
                      improvisational edginess and unusually textured ensemble sounds with
                      attractive melodies and surging, world music-tinged rhythms. More than
                      an extension of his father's (or Coleman's) goals, the album introduces an
                      intriguing and imaginative new talent.
                                                                            * * *

                      Copyright 1999 Los Angeles Times


                      Ornette Coleman and his bandmates produced quite a crop of kids: Joshua Redman,
                      Eagle-Eye Cherry, Neneh Cherry, Denardo Coleman, and That Dog's Rachel and
                      Petra Haden. Now we can add to that list David Ornette Cherry, like Neneh and
                      Eagle-Eye a son of the late trumpeter Don Cherry. David's first solo album not only
                      takes its title, The End of a Century, from a twist on Ornette Coleman's Change of
                      the Century but also contains two previously unissued Coleman compositions. David
                      Cherry is a keyboardist and drum programmer, but his sense of harmony and rhythmic
                      movement is elastic enough to do justice to Coleman's harmolodic writing. David's own
                      compositions draw on his father's fondness for world musics by incorporating North
                      African, West African, and East Asian influences into trancelike, Pharoah Sanders-ish
                      jazz instrumentals, with help from sister Jan's violin and Bobby Bradford's coronet. But
                      David also experiments with incorporating hip-hop and old-school soul vocals into his
                      music on two other numbers. All in all, it's an impressive debut and a welcome
                      extension of the family tradition. --Geoffrey Himes

                      Album Description
                      "...Let's just say that I'm continuing in the tradition of my dad. He called his music
                      "multi-kulti", so this is a multi-kulti record. I am influenced by Don Cherry's Organic
                      Music and Ornette Coleman's Harmolodic concepts along with music from around the

A. Scott Galloway, June 3, 1999.

David Ornette Cherry, son of avant-garde trumpet great Don Cherry (who also fathered, with another mother,
Neneh Cherry and Eagle Eye Cherry), makes his bow as a soloist with a richly textured 10 - song debut,
The End of a Century.  Equally influenced by straight-ahead jazz, world music, the harmolodic inventions of
his namesake, Ornette Coleman, and his father's "multi-kulti" -isms, David produces a dense mix of bristling
invigorating grooves that swing, swoop and lope with inventiveness and purpose.  He states, "The name of my group is Impressions of Energy.  The musicians have contributed to the music trhough a back and forth rotation
of energy -creativity which gives power to the music.  Someone called (us) "a powerful presence conveyed in a
non-verbal but musical way."  Check "Sing To My Heart," "Rainy Heart," "Distant Glance" and the incredible
"Escape to Jazziland."

entertainment guide published by the La Canada Valley Sun, 5/20/99

"One Cherry Musician"

David Ornette Cherry began learning the intricate language of avant garde jazz
before he could tie is shoes.  While most youngsters begin with a simplistic
"do, re, mi," Cherry, son of the late jazz trumpeter Don Cherry, was assimilating
polyrhythms and atonal scales....Not only does the music, much of which features rough-hewn garage beats,
transcends artistic boundaries, but Cherry envisions it will help people to
break down societal barriers...

Peter Day
Los Angeles Times
May 23, 1999

 ...keyboardist Cherry
         produces music that alternates improvisational edginess and unusually
         textured ensemble sounds with attractive melodies and surging, world
         music-tinged rhythms.  More than an extension of his father's (or
        Coleman's) goals, the album introduces an intriguing and imaginative
        new talent.
Don Heckman

WPFW Pacifica Radio
Washington, D.C., 2/25/99

(David Ornette Cherry's group) Impressions of Energy is a powerful positive presence
conveyed in a non-verbal but musical way...

Bob Daltry

Straight No Chaser - reviewer, Paul Brad  - Summer,  Edition1999,
 England,  print review


With the names "Ornette" and "Cherry" on your birth certificate the pressure would be on for you to deliver music of a certain quality.  Yes?  David Ornette Cherry delivers.  This is how modern jazz should sound - an album that doesn't try and pretend that the last two decades of innovation in urban American music never happened, but well...he is Don Cherry's son.  David plays keyboards, including Bernie Worrell and Augustus Pablo's weapon of choice, the melodica, which instantly boosts his Chaser Rating to ***** as far as we're concerned.  How does it sound?  Loping grooves, African percussion, fantastic horn arrangements, occasional programmed drum patterns and a heavily funky harmolodic excursion with Ornette Coleman's "From top to Bottom".   A bit of modern 'Multi Kulti' sensibility operates herein with a sophisticated jazz edge.

Copyright 1999 Straight No Chaser

 the Greek music etc internet review

The son of DonCherry is following the steps of his father, really closely, since he is a Jazz player too.. but not surprisingly since his older sister earns her living the same way.   It is kind of unusual that David includes Ornette in his name, but it could be related to David's possible admiration for Ornette Coleman, probably the top neo-Jazz player.

But for such a young Jazz player (as David) to come up with a record like the 'End of the century' is unbelievable.   Such rich mix of afrofunk, modern keyboards, soul-pop, ambient, touches of hard-rock, and free and latin-jazz,  you don't see anywhere else.  You only see this with veteran musicians that have mastered everything, and are now looking for ways to stretch the limits even further.

 Where on earth is David Ornette Cherry going to end up if he started at such a high level?   He even raps when he is given the chance.

la Repubblica.it
Musica  !   rock & altro     numero 232  3/30/00



David Ornette, late jazz artist, Don Cherry’a son is after Neneh and Eagle Eye, the third musician-son of the unforgettable Don Cherry, the genial inventor of the "free jazz" with Ornette  Coleman and pioneer of the "world music."  His name is David Ornette Cherry,  he is the eldest child, he is 41 and he was born from the first wife of the Afro-Redskin trumpet player.  David Ornette plays keyboards following the loved father roots with a free-ragga-world full of very "Cherryan" mysticism.

 Lately, he published a CD with the meaningful title The End of a Century,
Elephant label, with a group of thirteen musicians.

O p e n  S k y


Willard  Jenkins  -  online Review   THE   END  OF  A  CENTURY


October - November,  1999

"If the name David Ornette Cherry rings a bell somewhere in your psyche, perhaps its because he is son of Don Cherry, as the music-making children of the late, great musical griot continue to produce. While sibs Neneh and Eagle Eye have chosen a more  pop-oriented path, David walks a deeper, more edgy path with his new The End Of A Century on the Tonga label. Keyboardist Cherry performs largely his own original material, often compete with verse, often engaging a variety of ethnic musical expressions, befitting his legacy. Guests include cornetist Bobby Bradford, trombonist Phil Ranelin, sister-violinist Jan Cherry, and numerous vocal shadings and verses. And you'll definitely feel Don's deep legacy and spirit here."

G21  The World’s  g21.net

                     by Bob Powers
                    G21 Staff Writer

More Magic

The title of David Ornette Cherry’s (CD) is "The End of a Century" (Tonga Records). I would call it jazz, but Cherry isn't sure about how it should be classified.

"This record could be called a world music record," he said. "But it's hard to pin down what world music is, as some definitions of world music are non-inclusive. Let's just say that I'm continuing in the tradition of my dad. He called his music multi-kulti, so this is a multi-kulti record."

Cherry is the son of the late trumpet talent Don Cherry, who for years collaborated with Ornette Coleman, who brought a new and startling sound to the world of jazz.

Cherry, who plays keyboards, is a chip off the old block in that he composes music that is challenging, yet not to be ignored. The album contains fascinating compositions that should attract listeners across a wide range of interests.

Reviewers have liked this one very much. The Los Angeles Times awarded it three stars.

It's a good one. Cherry isn't content to ape the work done by his father or by Ornette Coleman. He strikes out on a trail of his own, and you'll enjoy going along for the trip.

 December 2001

David Ornette Cherry    -   The End of A Century    4/3+ (out of 4)
O's Notes:    The son of Don Cherry grew up listening to his dad and the legendary Ornette Coleman. The influence is inevitable but David has expanded the genre with a more peaceful approach in his own compositions while retaining spontaneity and sense of adventure. The End of A Century
is  an elixir to reflect on the 20th century and a welcomed approach to 21st century avant garde!   -
D. Oscar Groomes

kultur  skivor


David Ornette Cherry
        The end of a century

            The end of a century: titeln på David Ornette Cherrys skiva alluderar
        på klassikern Change of a century, som pappa Don gjorde med Ornette
        Coleman. Men så banbrytande är inte David Ornette, som nöjer sig med
        att lägga ut småfunkiga rytmer av ett slag som påminner om Miles Davis
        under Bitches Brew-perioden, men som också förenklar det idiomet.
        Sedan broderar han själv med intensiva keyboardslingor, och ibland
        lösgör sig Ralph "Buzzy" Jones i en bångstyrig melodilinje som fint
        fjärmar sig från grundmönstret. Jones närmar sig också de tidiga
        avantgardisternas bökande bortom de grundläggande melodi- och
        ackordsmönstren. Då fungerar musiken, men resultatet blir mindre
        övertygande när Cherry vill vara mer samtidsmilitant, som när han
        släpper fram Amber Hopson i en patetisk recitation i titelspåret.

        Magnus Eriksson

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