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The Reclamation Project is the first album recorded by the Ralph Peterson Fo’tet following its stifling tenure with Blue Note. Drummer Peterson took his forward-looking mainstream jazz to Evidence Records, and the label wisely allowed him complete control. The band’s success is apparent on the album’s opening track: “Further Fo” isoblique funk jazz played in a bizarre, feet-moving meter, but contains enough dissonance to entice lovers of the avant-garde. Vibraphonist Bryan Carrott gives his highly unmalleable instrument a distinctive sound, mixing a dry tone with odd chordings reminiscent of the last great vibist, Bobby Hutcherson. Peterson’s polyrhythmic drumming drives Steve Wilson’s alternately screechy and sublime soprano sax, while Belden Bulloch’s bass lines keep the group firmly anchored. At 8 & 10 p.m. at Blues Alley, 1073 Rear Wisconsin Ave. NW. $16. (202) 337-4141. (CP)