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Besides conjuring images of big, ugly sweaters, Don Braden’s version of “Monk’s Hat (Theme From Cosby)” highlights the problems on his latest release, The Voice of the Saxophone. Braden does have a voice on his tenor sax that’s both sassy and burly, but he uses it to call out to the moronic masses when he knows where the huddled sages dwell. He commandingly covers Sam Rivers’ “Point of Many Returns” even as he dumbs down Wayne Shorter’s “Speak No Evil” as featherweight funk. He rides through Hank Mobley’s “Soul Station” with a crashing full-on arrangement, then turns his considerable skills to covering a tottery TV tune. If Braden stopped shouting at the mainstream, his abundant musical voice wouldn’t sound so strained. Hear his sax sing at 8 & 10 p.m. at Blues Alley, 1073 Rear Wisconsin Ave. NW. $16. (202) 337-4141. (CP)