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Spring! The Chris Schilder Quintet featuring Mankunku

April 22, 2013

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!

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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

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A.1 Spring (Chris Schilder)

A.2 Before the Rain and After (Chris Schilder)

A.3 Look Up (Chris Schilder)

chris schilder quintet -spring label B gecomp_2

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.

source flatinternational

chris schilder + Phillip gilbert matthews pic mankunku pic

6 comments

  1. great find Eddie. I have the earlier Atlantic version with obviously a different back cover – the pics on your back cover are interesting to me. best wishes


    • it certainlyis a great find. I don’t know your Atlantic version, never seen it. Talk soon, best regardz Eddy


  2. Thank you Eddy! (And thank you, too, eternally, Brother Albertyn.)


  3. Ok – sorry for the confusion good people. I went and pulled out the Atlantic City pressing of this album and it does indeed have the same pictures on the back cover. My mistake.


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