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José Alberto understands the value of restraint. Known as “El Canario” for his use of melisma and his exuberant mimicry of musical instruments and bird calls, this salsa sonero makes such vocal tics more effective by never overusing them. While Alberto has occasionally dispensed with his trademarks and crooned mushy salsa romantica, on his recent greatest-hits package Serie Cristal, the Dominican-born New Yorker emphasizes measured phrasing before joyously exploding with his group’s swinging brass and percussion-fueled bottom. With Columbian up-and-comers Grupo Galé at 9 p.m. at Diversité, 1526 14th St. NW. $20. (202) 234-5740. (Steve Kiviat)