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The volume of CDs by young musicians performing old-school jazz is mind-numbing. One player who has distinguished himself from the throng of young lions is pianist Cyrus Chestnut. On his second album, Dark Before the Dawn, Chestnut shows all the grace, skill, and dignity of Tommy Flanagan or Bill Evans, and, like Ahmad Jamal, picks out melodies so sweet you can almost taste them. “Steps of Trane,” Chestnut’s reworking of Coltrane’s “Giant Steps,” is brilliant, and the neoclassical workout “Baroque Impressions” would make Bach blush with pride. At 10 & 11:30 p.m. & 1 a.m. at One Step Down, 2517 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. $13.50. (202) 331-8863. (Christopher Porter)