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Bertil Strandberg Kvintett


Release Notes
  • First time on vinyl in 45 years
  • Insert with unpublished photos and liner notes by Mats Gustafsson

Frederiksberg Records is proud to announce the first vinyl / digital reissue of Bertil Strandberg Kvintett’s “Cirrus” album.

In 1973, a snowstorm almost prevented the band from making it to the studio to record this album. Cirrus, released in 1974 in tiny numbers, has since become a heralded object among jazz aficionados.

Cirrus is full of melancholy. Yet it is balanced with a curiosity and an awareness of the world. Named after a white, wispy cloudscape made up of ice crystals, one can almost picture the deep woods of Sweden as the backdrop to these six compositions.

The group, lead by trombonist Bertil Strandberg, recorded only this album. Bertil wrote the title track which gives you a hint at how he sees the world. Bertil’s brother, Göran Strandberg is on piano and wrote most of the songs on the album. American ex-pat Ed Epstein is on tenor. Ove Gustavsson and Bjarne Boman on bass and drums respectively.

“There’s a lot to love in this universe and beautiful free spirit jazz from Sweden is but one of the great creative manifestations of LIFE and Strandberg’s CIRRUS LP is at the top of the list. A rare-as-hen’s-teeth masterpiece newly unwrapped for your sonic pleasure head!”
- Thurston Moore

“Terrific reissue”
- Gilles Peterson