Zero-G at White Rabbit, Sunday 7.7: Stackpole reunion / Hal Merrill Quartet / Vunt Foom

Sunday, July 7 • White Rabbit • 513 N 36th St. in Fremont, Seattle • 8 p.m. • no cover • 21+


Pedal steel guitarist Hal Merrill’s Quartet not only brings an entirely new voice into the jazz realm but also introduces new compositions as well. A neoteric balance between Hal’s fresh approach to composition and the jazz standards that he plays is achieved with pleasing results. The jazz language knows no boundaries and the sound of a steel guitar playing a developed vocabulary of this powerful but delicate language will speak in its own way. Hal Merrill has been playing steel guitar for over 30 years.

STACKPOLE (9 p.m.)

Once referred to as “Seattle’s Last Exit,” Stackpole was an incendiary free-jazz quartet that briefly graced Seattle stages around the turn of the millennium, earning an Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Award for “Best Outside Jazz” in 2000. Featuring guitarist Dennis Rea, alto saxophonist Wally Shoup, acoustic bassist Geoff Harper, and Northwest drum legend Gregg Keplinger, Stackpole’s totally improvised music ranges from eldritch, hovering sonorities to hurtling freebop to hurricane-force sonic gales, as heard on the group’s eponymous CD on the First World Music label. Zero-G is very excited to host the first reunion of the group’s original members, who’ve come a long way since, in 12 years.

“You can’t really get further outside than where Stackpole are planted, on a jazz-ragged landscape strewn with scattered shrapnel, clouds of smoke, eerie shrieks after dark. … Stackpole come on with an aggressive energy that keeps its musical direction even as it busts through every reasonable boundary.”—Seattle Weekly

VUNT FOOM (10 p.m.)

Vunt Foom is a true musical organism, displaying a level of musical communication, spontaneity, and versatility that can only be described as pro. Hailing from the greater Northwest, the band brings together a fresh mish-mash of styles with their debut recording. Although each member has rigorous backgrounds in jazz and classical studies, the sound is as much influenced by the band’s work backing up local hip hop legends Common Market and their inspiration to simulate electronic soundscapes with analog, live instrumentation. You’ll hear breaths of soul jazz, breakbeats, early fusion, and down-tempo hip hop, all packaged into a cohesive sound. Vunt Foom is Birch Pereira (electric/acoustic bass), Ben Krulewitch (keyboards, accordion), Adam Gross (drums, percussion), Arthur Brown (saxophones), and Cameron Peace (guitars).

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