Enter-Net cont’d

“Where is the freedom in a net,” the Watts Prophets rap in the opening tune on David Ornette Cherry’s Enter-Net. Like the net/web’s limitless possibility also being a tool of control, the tunes here set feet freely tapping and dancing, while locking us into their addictive, propulsive grooves.

David merges the African rhythms and drumming he grew up with in Watts (“African Nights Nu”) with straight up dub (“Serious Dubbing”), creating a global “Nu Space” that lands in “Vietnam Nu.” But like the rhythmic cycles in each song, the disc returns to its roots-after stops in a Monterey hospital room where a nurse sang to David (“Giving Thanks for Nurses”) and a “Summer Marketplace,” it concludes with “Back to Dubbing” and “Going Back to Africa.”

Ancient and contemporary, the tunes speak to Gen-Groove, showing that there is always something Nu under the sun, if we are ready to listen.

– Paul Harris