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Ten Years

Mega Cat take over the Jazz Underground with some soulful new instrumentals

This month the Seattle-based three-piece band mega cat takes over the Jazz Underground with 10 new tracks to add to the mix. Followers of this blog will see some familiar names like Surprise Chef, L’Eclair, and Badbadnotgood. But there are also some fantastic new names (at least to me) including new singles from Black Market Brass, 13th Ward Social Club, and Ari Joshua.

I first came across mega cat with their single, “Good Newts” and then shortly after, “Rat Fight” — the lead single on their new self-titled album. Their music brings a deep soulful feel to jazz and improvisational music. They use instrumental narratives that feel familiar to fans of 20th century science fiction, afro-beat, hip hop, and maybe even psychedelic music. And that’s what this column is all about. With each new Jazz Underground resident artist, we are trying to change the perception of jazz’s rotten public image — a genre that can sometimes be stuck in the past rather than something that is always evolving and growing. 

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