spring has finally arrived here in Holland and the whole world seems to change. The sweet smell of flowers in bloom, the soothing mild temperature, the right mood to select a fitting soundtrack. On my last South African record safari I was quite surprised to find this exceptionally rare LP, the vinyl is in quite good condition, but the cover is missing the front. Oh well, it is easier to find a raw diamond in the sands of Namibia then to locate a black Jazz album in South Africa.
The most surprising element came when I looked up this release on flatinternational and found out that my copy was released in 1974 on the UP UP UP label. The release on Atlantic City dates from 1979 so I guess this must be the very first pressing unless some whizkidd proves me wrong.
CHRIS SCHILDER QUINTET FEATURING MANKUNKU
1.2 Before the Rain and After
1.3 Look Up
2.4 The Birds
2.5 You Don’t Know What Love Is
(Raye, De Paul)
CHRIS SCHILDER – piano
WINSTON ‘MANKUNKU’ NGOZI – tenor sax
GARRY KRIEL – guitar
PHILLIP SCHILDER – bass
GILBERT MATTHEWS – drums
Reissued on CD by Gallo Record Company in 2007. The CD features Mankunku’s first two albums and is titled Yakhal’ Inkomo after his first record became 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.