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Pharoah Sanders has become a regular visitor to D.C., thanks to his frequent performances at Bohemian Caverns. Each visit, though, trumps the last. Sanders is the man who took John Coltrane’s innovations on the tenor saxophone and compounded them into a multilayered, extremely dense sound that lets him play two notes at once—and then make those notes jump to higher ones. It’s a raw, jarring aesthetic—if perhaps more melodic and less avant-garde than it first seems—but one that cuts to the bone and is impossible to turn away from. Every Sanders appearance is a vital one. $40