ah…spring has finally settled here in Holland and I feel that there is no better way to celebrate the start of the festive season then with this seriously rare LP ‘Spring’ by The Chris Schilder Quintet featuring Mankuku.
Contradictory to the information published on flatinternational please notice that the record presented here today is not on the Atlantic City label but a later pressing on Up Up Up released in 1974. Pics of the band on the back cover were taken during the Port Elizabeth Jazz Festival 1968. Unfortunately the front of the cover is missing from my copy so if anyone has a spare empty cover of this release then make yourself known in case you would like to swap or sell. You will be rewarded!
Chris Schilder Quintet featuring Mankunku -Spring (Springtime In The Cape)
Chris Schilder- piano
Winston ‘Mankunku’ Ngozi- tenor sax
Garry Kriel- guitar
Phillip Schilder- bass
Gilbert Matthews- drums
Recorded November 22nd 1968 at the Herrick Merrill Studios Johannesburg.
Issued 1974 by Up Up Up Records/Teal UPL 5007. Made in South Africa
Produced by Ray Nkwe
A.2 Before the Rain and After (Chris Schilder)
A.3 Look Up (Chris Schilder)
B.1 The Birds (Chris Schilder)
B.2 You Don’t Know What Love Is (Raye, De Paul)
This exceptionally rare LP was finally reissued on CD by Gallo Record Company in 1996, 2007. The CD features Mankunku’s first two albums and is titled Yakhal’ Inkomo after his first record—South Africa’s best selling jazz record of all time. Spring is Mankunku’s second and it’s scarcity can be attributed to a fire at the EMI factory which destroyed the original master tapes.