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The way tenor saxophonist Joshua Redman excites a crowd—with outrageous octave jumps, torrential trills, and emotive, back-sliding blue notes—could be considered juvenile exhibitionism, but only by those without a pulse. On the two-CD Spirit of the Moment: Live at the Village Vanguard, Redman passionately attacks Sonny Rollins’ calypso “St. Thomas” and caresses theIrving Berlin standard “Remember.” “Count Me Out” and “Herbs and Roots” are fiery hard-bop originals displaying thick-toned, rough-hewn Redman solos. Opening is the Christian McBride Quartet, whose 22-year-old bassist/leader has already appeared on over 70 recordings. McBride is as talented as he is ubiquitous, leaping from nimble-fingered bop to James Brown-inspired funk to beautiful ballads without missing the all-important beat. At 8 p.m. at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. $20-29.50. (202) 994-6800. (Christopher Porter)