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The wedding of electronics and presets with instruments and improvisation is potentially the most exciting development in music. More often than not, the robots win, resulting in a form of jazz that’s stiffer than Dick Morris parading around in a dog collar. But Courtney Pine, Graham Haynes, and Vernon Reid are finding the exhilarating medium between live jams and post-production tweaks—just as Miles Davis did in the early ’70s. It’s not surprising, then, that Davis’ longtime producer, Teo Macero, is on board as co-producer for Reid’s new Mistaken Identity, along with hiphop’s finest collagist, Prince Paul, formerly of Stetsasonic and De La Soul. Reid’s collection of ferocious guitar solos, funkadelic rhythms, and cut-and-paste insanity is without peer, and Identity delivers the full, blinding palette of sound the consistently black-and-white Living Colour never could. Vernon Reid & Masque open for the detestable Les Claypool & the Holy Mackerel. With M.I.R.V. at 8:45 p.m. at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $12. (202) 393-0930. (CP)