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The recent avalanche of critical praise for saxophonist Joe Lovano proves that even the hype machine, like a broken clock, is right occasionally. On dates with drummer Paul Motian and a newly issued collaboration with composer/musicologist Gunther Schuller, Lovano displays an exceptional gift for jagged, avant-tinged tenor and soprano work. The musician teams with NPR’s Murray Horwitz for a “Jazz Conversation” at 1 p.m. at Borders, 1801 K St. NW. FREE. (202) 466-4999; he performs at 8 & 10 p.m. at Blues Alley, 1073 Rear Wisconsin Ave. NW. $16. (202) 337-4141. (Reuben Jackson)