The album Premonition is a masterpiece of spiritual jazz and reflects the spiritual awakening of a natural musical genius, Umlah Sadau Holt.
In the 1970s, Holt was involved in all kinds of jazz, reggae, and world music projects in the San Francisco Bay Area. Over time he absorbed the global rhythms that can only come from extensive involvement with a variety of international musicians, and he integrated them into his own developing ideas of jazz. When his friend Emmanuel Nado returned from Africa one day, Umlah was fascinated by his pictures and stories and was inspired to learn more about his heritage – even to the extent of learning to play football! He was also inspired to use his skills to create music that would bridge the spiritual gap between the continent in which he now lived and that of his ancestors. Drawing upon his close friends and a varied selection of session musicians, the concept for an album developed, and eventually, ‘Premonition’ was born.
Umlah composed and arranged all the songs on Premonition, his first and only album, and released it on his own private label. Yet despite an enthusiastic response from jazz aficionados and favorable reviews by the critics, as is often the case with independently produced records, sales were poor. Today the original LP remains an elusive – and expensive – collector’s item.
A1 You Make The Sunshine
A2 Black Encounters
A3 Outer Space Blues
A4 Children Of The Universe
B1 African Violet
B2 Nights In Satin