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His first two records, Listen and The Antidote, announced Marc Cary as a talented mainstream pianist, his technique honed during stints with Abbey Lincoln and Betty Carter. It turns out that the 32-year-old D.C. native is much more than that. Three peerless albums on Jazzateria since 1999 prove he’s a restless, innovative musician unburdened by genre conventions: Drum ‘n’ bass meets electric piano on Rhodes Ahead; Captured Live in Brazil, by Cary’s Indigenous People collective, features spirited world-music jams; and Trillium is an outstanding piano-trio session featuring two of the most distinctive rhythm players around, bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits. Cary’s vibrant but compact sound makes him, quite simply, one of the most compelling pianists working today. He performs at 3:30 p.m. at Prince George’s Plaza’s food court, 3500 East-West Highway, Hyattsville, (301) 559-1140, and 8 p.m. at Borders, 5333 Wisconsin Ave. NW, (202) 686-8270. Both performances are free. (Christopher Porter)