Solomon Burke is that rare “living legend” whose talent more than justifies his myth. Everything about Burke–his flamboyant onstage manner, his overwhelming physical presence–is larger than life. Burke was crowned “King of Rock ‘n’ Soul” by Baltimore DJ Rockin’ Robin in 1964, and since then he’s seldom appeared without the trappings of royalty–crown, flowing robe, adoring entourage, and regal bearing. His talent is as outsized as everything else about him; an evening in the presence of his remarkable persona and his subtly textured voice, alternating between gospel intensity and deep, chocolate-rich vibrato, is one of the most unforgettable experiences in R & B. Benny Lattimore, the master of steamy male sensitivity, isn’t half the singer Burke is, but his show–sage observations on romantic loyalty, seductive testimonials to tenderness culinating in his lovely trademark “Let’s Straighten It Out”–is irresistible in its calculated sincerity. And if his paint-peeling rendition of “Slow Down (But Don’t Stop)” could be bottled and sold, it’d put the nation’s sex therapists out of business overnight. Saturday, 9 PM and 12:30 AM, East of the Ryan, 914 E. 79th; 874-1500.