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For alto and baritone saxophonist Tim Berne, freedom may begin with his sinuously chunky solos, but the 44-year-old New Yorker’s independence extends far beyond his playing. By releasing music on his own Screwgun label, Berne gets to market and control his sprawling take on improvised music without pandering to major-label whims. Screwgun releases are smartly packaged in heavy cardboard casing, and each includes a poster insert featuring hand-scrawled credits, cooking recipes, and smart-ass proclamations, such as “We’re only in it for the food,” “Screwgun Uses 100% Fee Kill Material,” and “8 Million Bit Supermapping Using State of the Art ASS Technology.” Berne, whose influences include equal portions of Julius Hemphill and Stax Records, divvies his time between several bands, including Big Satan, his longtime quartet Bloodcount, and the relatively new trio Paraphrase. See Berne, bassist Drew Gress, and percussionist Tom Rainey embody freedom on every level when the beautifully spacious and rhythmic Paraphrase plays at 8 p.m. at Chief Ike’s Mambo Room, 1725 Columbia Rd. NW. $10. (202) 332-2211. (Christopher Porter)