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Fred Ho isn’t a quiet man. From his Sinbad-style suits to his double-wide mohawk, from his big baritone sax to his revolutionary political agenda, the Asian-American jazzman likes to shout, “IT!” out loud and in your face. (As a section of his tendentious “Turn Pain Into Power!” suite puts it, “Turning the Other Cheek Only Gets You Two Sore Cheeks!”) Since everything about Ho is noisy, it’s surprising to hear such sublime sounds supporting the strident sentiments on Turn Pain Into Power!, his new album with the Afro Asian Music Ensemble. Ho’s Easternized arrangements are so rich and detailed that it will be quite a change to hear him blow solo while Washington Post cultural critic Esther Iverem recites her poetry (as she does on two tracks on Power). Sets are at 8 & 9:15 p.m. at Sisterspace & Books, 1515 U St. NW. $10. (202) 232-5061. (CP)