Over the years, Frederiksburg Records has taken us on a deep dive into the lesser-known world of obscure Scandinavian jazz. They're at it again here, too, offering the first ever reissue of Beryil Strandberg Kvintet's solo album, "Circus". It was recorded in one day in October 1973 despite the difficulties the five musicians faced in getting to the studio thanks to a particularly bleak snowstorm. It's a superb set, all told through a glorious fusion of hard bop and model style jazz rich in languid, evocative horn solos, jaunty piano motifs, warm double bass and fluid but all-action drums. Highlights include the epic title track "Circus", the up-tempo big band style cheeriness of "Relik" and the undulating brilliance of "Cambodia".
( 2x12" / )