Seattle glass artist and bass player Singletary and his band Khu.éex’ will celebrate the release of their new album, “The Wilderness Within,” Saturday.

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Seattle glass artist and bass player Preston Singletary and his band Khu.éex’ (pronounced koo-EEX, meaning “potlatch” in the Tlingit language) will celebrate the release of their new album, “The Wilderness Within,” Saturday at Nectar.

Sadly, the band’s keyboard player Bernie Worrell will not be on hand for the show. Worrell, world-famous for his work with the band Parliament Funkadelic, died June 24. Worrell had been living in Everson, Whatcom County, and met Singletary by chance during a fundraiser for Worrell’s tour bus. The two clicked musically, and decided to form a group.

Though it is described as a funk band, Khu.éex’ is far more than that, mixing Native American song and spoken word with atmospheric, visionary jazz improvisation in a way that recalls the ecstatic ’70s jazz-funk work of groups like Weather Report or Carlos Santana.

The band’s stellar personnel, along with Singletary, includes Skerik, saxophone; Stanton Moore, drums; Captain Raab, guitar; and Clarissa Rizal, Gene Tagaban and Nahaan, vocals.

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For the Nectar show, Tim Kennedy will fill the keyboard chair.

9 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at Nectar, 412 N. 36th St., Seattle; $10 (206-632-2020 or nectarlounge.com).