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Alternating between composed melodies influenced by Ornette Coleman circa ’59 and improvised alto-sax solos that waste little time scurrying toward the upper register, Rob Brown’s new quartet disc, Jumping Off the Page, sounds like a classic free-jazz discharge from the vaults of Impulse or ESP. Of course, those record labels were avant-garde more than 30 years ago, so what does Brown offer the present? The answer: Brown’s work is akin to American folk music, reveling in and playing off of traditions of the genre. While paying dues with William Parker’s In Order to Survive quartet and Little Huey Creative Orchestra, Brown developed a sound whose agile combination of swirled notes and long streams of split tones echoes alto players as disparate as bop god Charlie Parker and angular theoretician Anthony Braxton. And that is some traditionalism well worth hearing. Brown performs at 8 p.m. at the University of the District of Columbia’s Music Program Recital Hall, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. $10. (703) 243-3787. (Brent Burton)