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If it’s a sensual Saturday night you’re searching for, save yourself the trouble of preparing a cliché candlelit dinner. Baltimore soul singer Juanita Dailey will be cooking up a classic romantic evening with songs from her newly released collection Free. Though the album lacks the kind of creative production necessary to highlight her talent in today’s hiphop-tinged mainstream, Dailey’s well-trained voice distinguishes her from modern R&B’s crowd of rangeless, one-hit divas. The press info and liner notes make much of the album’s “star-studded” production and musical guests, including Angela Bofill, Gerald Albright, and members of the Temptations, but it’s only Dailey’s powerfully sweet vocals that need to be showcased. For local lovers, Dailey will be performing with a live, and presumably humbler, band tonight—you need only remember the roses. At 8 & 10 p.m. at Blues Alley, 1073 Rear Wisconsin Ave. NW. $20. (202) 337-4141. (Neil Drumming)