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Somewhere between the blistering speed of Charlie Parker and the rousing lyricism of Art Pepper is the distinct sound of alto saxophonist Pete Yellin. It’s You or No One is only Yellin’s fourth record as leader despite a nearly 30-year career that has included stints with Buddy Rich and Joe Henderson. Two Yellin originals bookend seven standards of rambunctious bopping, and all are propelled by the ubiquitous skinman Carl Allen. The only drawback is pianist Stephen Scott, whose dexterous solos are disrupted by his Keith Jarrett–like “I’m feelin’ the groove!” moaning. Where Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk sounded positively animalistic in their grunting, Scott’s nasal whimpers sound like a balloon with a slow leak. Somebody gag the guy before his next solo. Yellin appears at 8 & 10 p.m. at Blues Alley, 1073 Rear Wisconsin Ave. NW. $16. (202) 337-4141. (Christopher Porter)