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In the early ’70s, alto saxophonist Bobby Zankel played with Cecil Taylor’s Unit Core Ensemble and in the New York loft scene before moving to Philadelphia to raise a family. Which might explain why only a dedicated few outside N.Y.C. know of him. Now D.C. gets to witness Zankel’s variegated sound paintings that the audiophile CIMP label frames on CD. Zankel’s most recent, Prayer and Action, features him in a quintet setting gingerly tiptoeing and vigorously galloping along the border that separates inside from outside playing. But his trio record, Human Flowers, is where Zankel leaps over the line, falls into the abyss, and finds liberation. Transparent Productions brings Zankel’s trio, featuring guitarist Rick Iannacone and drummer Ralph Peterson Jr., for a night of stepping over the edge at 8:30 p.m. at Food for Thought, 1738 Connecticut Ave. NW. FREE. (202) 797-1095. (CP)