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Two recent releases from tenor saxophonist/flautist Chris Bacas are a far cry from his contributions to the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra’s 1994 concert season. Two Choices, on which Bacas appears with an unabashedly lyrical quartet, is distinguished by the intelligent writing and soloing of leader/pianist Dave Catney. The newer Leave a Message evokes the lithe, greasy textures that the classic organ trios contributed to jazz. (Hammond B3-playing Larry Goldings is featured on the disc, along with guitarist Larry Camp and drummer Andy Watson.) Message‘s highlights include attractive originals like “Hawk Walk,” and Bacas’ shy flute work on “Autumn Nocturne.” Both titles are on the MFT label. Bacas, with guitarist Paul Bollenback, organist Bill Baublitz, and drummer Lenny Robinson, performs music from the latter collection at White Flint Mall’s Borders Books & Music on March 4 from 1-3 p.m.