My relationship with jazz is complicated. I appreciate the musicianship and much of the aesthetic, but my ears need more structure than most jazz can afford me. That's why I usually take my jazz blended with other genres, so that the influences and ideas that I most enjoy get tempered by outside musical progressions and structures. Enter Brazilian Pequeno Céu ("Small Sky") and their Praia Vermelha ("Red Beach"), released just last month. This beauty of an album blends jazz, 70's psychedelic rock, and math rock into an incredibly pleasing melange, taking the best from each genre and putting it into one cohesive whole. It's an album which knows how to be smooth, startlingly beautiful, and intensely grooving while never losing its own thread. Let's meet below for a listen!