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October 2010 Potential Show Run Down!

October 2010 Potential Show Run Down

Calendar updated daily!

Friday, October 1st, 2010

  • ($25-$45) Stanley Clarke Feat. Hiromi @ The Blue Note
  • ($32-$112) Alan Gilbert Conducts Mahler’s Sixth Symphony @ Avery Fisher Hall (New York Philharmonic)
  • ($50-$80) Celtic Thunder @ Radio City Music Hall

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

  • I suggest lots of sleep after The Royal Family Ball 😉

Monday, October 4th, 2010

  • ($8) Jim Campilongo@ The Living Room
  • ($25) Mingus Orchestra @ The Jazz Standard

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

  • (Free) Dred Scott Trio & THE BRIDGE @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • (Free) Mavis Staples @ Late Show with David Letterman
  • ($32) Faith Evans @B.B. King Blues Club and Grill
  • ($80 – $250) Roger Waters: The Wall Live @ Madison Square Garden
  • ($25) Peter Yorn @ Bowery Ballroom

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

  • (??) Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds @ Southpaw
  • (Free) Mavis Staples @ Colbert Report (TV)
  • ($10) D.V.S. @ Club Love
  • ($12.25) The EGG plus Sonic Spank @ Mercury Lounge
  • ($20) Davell Crawford @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($80 – $250) Roger Waters: The Wall Live @ Madison Square Garden
  • ($35 – $50) Mavis Staples – “You are Not Alone” – Album Release presented by WFUV @ City Winery
  • ($10) Mattson, Barraco & Friends @ Sullivan Hall
    • Jeff Mattson (DSO, Donna Jean Godchaux Band, Zen Tricksters) , Rob Barraco (DSO, Phil & Friends, Zen Tricksters) , Jason Crosby (Robert Randolph, Susan Tedeschi, Zen Tricksters) , Joe Chirco (Donna Jean Godchaux Band, David Nelson Band, Zen Tricksters) with opening act Easy Over
  • ($44 – $128) Joshua Bell Performs Sibelius @ Avery Fisher Hall

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

  • (Free) Gorillaz @ The Late Show with David Letterman
  • ($5) ?uestlove DJ Set @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($10) Underground Horns “Big Beat” CD release Party @ Nublu
  • ($10) Live Band Tribute to A Tribe Called Quest w/ Alphabet Soup @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($10 – $27) Rosanna Cash @ Kaufmann Concert Hall
    • Upon the publication of Composed, Ms. Cash sits down for a conversation about her life in music.
  • ($28.50 – $33.50) The Hold Steady @ The Beacon Theater
  • ($30) Gil Scott-Heron @ B.B. Kings
  • ($35) Fountains of Wayne @ Bowery Ballroom
  • ($32 – $117) Joshua Bell, Debussy, Sibelius, and Lindberg @ Avery Fisher Hall

Friday, October 8th, 2010

  • (Free?) Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds @ Rockwood Music Hall 2
  • ($5) Big Sam’s Funky Nation @ Brooklyn Bowl
    • Opener: Ikebe Shakedown
    • ($10) Solange DJ Set @ Midnight
  • ($20) Jackie Green @ Bowery Ballroom
  • ($25) The Subdudes @ B.B. Kings
  • ($35) Moe @ Beacon Theater
  • ($35-$45) The Jazz Gallery Rent Jam hosted by Roy Hargrove @ City Winery (late Night)
  • ($32 – $117) Joshua Bell, Debussy, Sibelius, and Lindberg @ Avery Fisher Hall
  • ($50-$125) Gorillaz & Mos Def @ Madison Square Garden

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

  • (Free) West African Band @ St. Nicks, Harlem
  • (Free) Private Party @ Sullivan Hall w/ Lo & Aaron (GSW), Leroy Justice and Jaik Miller
  • ($10-$12) Bustle In Your Hedgerow feat. Joe Russo, Marco Benevento, Dave Dreiwitz and Scott Metzger @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($25) Mago – John Medeski & Billy Martin @ Rocks Off Cruise

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

  • ($20) Corrosion of Conformity @ Highline Ballroom

Monday, October 11th, 2010

  • ($8) Jim Campilongo@ The Living Room
  • ($25) Mingus Orchestra @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($65 – $165) Mary J. Blige @ Radio City Music Hall

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

  • (Free) Dred Scott Trio & THE BRIDGE @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • (Free) My  Morning Jacket @ The Late Show w/ David Letterman
  • ($32 – $117) Joshua Bell, Debussy, Sibelius, and Lindberg @ Avery Fisher Hall
  • ($65 – $165) Mary J. Blige @ Radio City Music Hall

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

  • (Free) My Morning Jacket @ Late Night w/ Jimmy Fallon
  • ($7) Afro Funky Party w/ Zongo Junction, Top Shotta & DJ Offbeat @ Cameo Gallery
  • ($10) R+D with Savoy (DJ), D.V.S*, NUTRITIOUS, MUNcee superjam and Mad Hatter @ Club Love
  • ($10) Jessica Lurie Ensemble @ Brooklyn Lyceum
  • ($12) Dawoud – Renegade Sufi Sitar! @ The Theater for the New City
  • ($25) Ingrid Michaelson @ Best Buy Theater (Formally Nokia Theatre)
  • ($32.59 – $39.50) The Avett Brothers @ Radio City Music Hall

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

  • (Free) Ben Folds @ Late Night w/ Jimmy Falon
  • ($5) ?uestlove DJ Set @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($10) Dred Scott Trio @ 55 Bar
  • ($10) Apollo Run @ Union Hall
  • ($25) Tom Tom Club @ Santos House Party
    • W/ Caravan of Thieves and The Tony Castles
  • ($40 – $138) Pinchas Zukerman, Webern, and Brahms@ Avery Fisher Hall (NYPHIL)

Friday, October 15th, 2010

  • ($5) The Trifect @ Sullivan Hall – FUUUUUSION!!!!
  • ($5) M80 Dubstation Feat. Jon Gutwillig from The Disco Biscuits @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($5) Brother Josephus & Josh Phillips Folk Festival @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($36.20) Citizen Cope @ Terminal 5
  • ($30-$45) Dar Williams & Toshi Reagon – Many Great Companions Tour @ City Winery
  • ($32.50 – $35) John Hammond @ Rubin Museum of Art
  • ($40 – $138) Pinchas Zukerman, Webern, and Brahms@ Avery Fisher Hall (NYPHIL)

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

  • (Free) West African Band @ St. Nicks, Harlem
  • ($10) Tom Tom Club @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($35 – $40) Air Supply @ B.B. Kings
  • ($30-$45) Dar Williams & Toshi Reagon – Many Great Companions Tour @ City Winery
  • ($36.20) Citizen Cope @ Terminal 5
  • ($40 – $138) Pinchas Zukerman, Webern, and Brahms@ Avery Fisher Hall (NYPHIL)

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

Monday, October 18th, 2010

  • ($8) Jim Campilongo@ The Living Room
  • ($25) Mingus Orchestra @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($30) UP ON THE RIDGE – Dierks Bentley @ Bowery Ballroom
  • ($50) My Morning Jacket @ Terminal 5

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

  • (Free) Dred Scott Trio @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • (Free) Jason Linder Trio @ Fordham University
  • ($10) Kinetix @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($10) Chico Mann @ Santos House Party
  • ($25-$40) UP ON THE RIDGE – Dierks Bentley & Del McCoury Band @ City Winery
  • ($50) My Morning Jacket @ Terminal 5

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

  • ($5) ?uestlove DJ Set @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($12) Eli Paperboy Reed & The True Loves @ Le Poisson Rouge
  • ($25) UP ON THE RIDGE – Dierks Bentley @ Southpaw
  • @ Southpaw
  • ($47.50) My Morning Jacket @ Terminal 5
  • ($50-$90) Thievery Corporation @ Beacon Theater
  • (Starting @ $50) “A Celebration of Paul Newman’s Hole In The Wall Camps” @ Avery Fisher Hall @ Lincoln Center
    • Performances Will Feature a Line-Up of GRAMMY® Winning Musicians Including Hilary Hahn, Emmylou Harris, Lyle Lovett, John Mellencamp, Keb’ Mo’ and Stevie Wonder With Appearances by Bill Cosby and Renee Zellweger

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

  • (Free) The London Souls @ The Brooklyn Academy of Music
  • ($20 – $25) THE MONSTER MASH –> Fort Knox Five @ The Electric Warehouse w/ Woody McBride and Larry Tea
  • ($25) Yonder Mountain String Band @ Best Buy Theatre (Formally Nokia Theater)
  • ($47.50) My Morning Jacket @ Terminal 5
  • ($50-$90) Thievery Corporation @ Beacon Theater
  • ($60 – SOLD OUT) Phish @ Providence, RI @ Dunkin Donuts Center

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

  • (Free) West African Band @ St. Nick’s Pub
  • (Free) Apollo Run @ Rockwood Music Hall 1
  • (Free) Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds @ Rockwood Music Hall 2
  • (Free) Kings of Leon @ Saturday Night Live (TV)
  • ($10) The Breakfast @ Crash Mansion
  • ($35-$60) Jakob Dylan @ City Winery
  • ($40 – $100) Cheech and Chong @ The Beacon Theater
  • ($42 – $48) Indigo Girls @ Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall
  • ($47.50) My Morning Jacket @ Terminal 5
  • ($60 – SOLD OUT) Phish @ Amhurst, MA @ Mullins Center

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

  • ($8) Apollo Run @ Pianos
  • ($35-$60) Jakob Dylan @ City Winery
  • ($50 – $113) Steve Miller Band @ Beacon Theater
  • ($60 – SOLD OUT) Phish @ Amhurst, MA @ Mullins Center

Monday, October 25th, 2010

  • (Free) Dred Scott Trio @ The Delancey
  • (Free) Kings of Leon @ Late Show with David Letterman (TV)
  • ($8) Jim Campilongo@ The Living Room
  • ($25) Mingus Orchestra @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($35-$60) Jakob Dylan @ City Winery

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

  • (Free) The Bridge @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • (Free) Dred Scott Trio @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($10) Talib Kewli @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($40) Bad Religion @ Irving Plaza

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

  • ($??) Chico Mann @ Santos House Party
  • ($25 – $35) Ollabelle @ City Winery
  • ($25 – $153) Yo Yo Ma & Kathryn Scott @ Carnegie Hall
  • ($40) Bad Religion @ Irving Plaza

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

  • ($5) ?uestlove DJ Set @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($10) The Mother Hips @ The Brooklyn Bowl
    • w/ Sean Walsh & The National Reserve
  • ($20) Trouble & Bass  @ Santos House Party
    • Ninja Tune XX (anniversary party): Amon Tobin, Kid Koala, DJ Food & DK, Poirier Toddla T & Serocee, DJ Kentaro, Eskmo
  • ($42) Michael Franti & Spearhead @ Terminal 5
  • ($50 – $90) Styx @ The Beacon Theatre
  • ($70-$80) Deadmau5 @ Roseland Ballroom

Friday, October 29th, 2010

  • (FREE??) Dred Scott @ Smalls Jazz Club
  • ($10) The Macpodz @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($15) The Toasters & the Pietasters @ B.B. Kings Blues Club
  • ($30) Ok Go @ Terminal 5
  • ($37) Railroad Earth with Donna the Buffalo @ Irving Plaza
  • ($40) Guster @ The Beacon Theater
  • ($60 – SOLD OUT) Phish @ Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall
  • ($70-$80) Deadmau5 @ Roseland Ballroom

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

  • ($10) Jimkata, Papadosio and D.V.S. @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($36) Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams @ The Gramercy Theater
  • ($36-$40) Cypress Hill @ Besy Buy Theater (Formally Nokia Theatre)
  • ($60 – SOLD OUT) Phish @ Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall
  • ($70-$80) Deadmau5 @ Roseland Ballroom

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

  • ($24) The Felice Brothers @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
  • ($50) The Black Crowes @ Best Buy Theater (Formally Nokia Theatre)
  • ($60 – SOLD OUT) Phish @ Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall

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Central Park's Summer Stage: Check it out!

Central Park's Summer Stage: Check it out!

When I first found out that Stanley Clarke would be performing for FREE in Central Park’s Summer Stage, I immediately thought two things.  One, I must get into that show.  Two, I knew exactly who would be my plus one.

McCoy Tyner (Photo by: Dino Perrucci)

McCoy Tyner (Photo by: Dino Perrucci)

Working for the Parks Department, our partnership with the Central Park Conservancy allows for some really nice perks regarding Summer Stage performances.  So long as they are not benefits, I am able to plop onto the guest list of any show and bring a friend.  The cost of these perks are priceless to me.  (After this article I am moving onto the New York Philharmonic in Central Park….god, I love my job!)

Once I got on the list, I immediately invited my good friend, Nigel Hall.  Nigel’s first concert as a little boy was to see Stanley Clarke with his father.  My past connections to Stanley was strictly through my love for Fusion, which Nigel also shares.  Tonight was a lovely extension of  memories for both of us.  Those kind of moments are magical and it’s lovely to build on them.

The venue was set up with chairs in the front and blocked off sections for the “VIPs.”  I was rather early and I still didn’t have the ability to snag two seats. I only got one for myself and I hoped I could grab one later for Nigel.  The commotion over people Bogarting the seats and saving 10 seats at a time for people who hadn’t showed up was rather annoying.  If I had needed a seat immediately for a friend, I would have been in that commotion. Luckily, I was alone and accommodated haha.

Return to Forever

Return to Forever

I have never hidden the fact that I have a passionate connection to Fusion Jazz.  I have mentioned it numerous times in past articles.  Specifically, the group Return To Forever.  A group that defined Fusion and showcased some of the genre’s greatest talent.  Stanley Clarke is the bass player from that group.  Having seen Chick Corea at the Blue Note a few weeks earlier and having Al di Meola in town a few days later, the players of Return To Forever were spread out all over Manhattan and I was soaking it all up little by little.

On this semi-humid, sunny evening in Central Park, the Stanley Clarke Trio, featuring Hiromi, melted my brains.  However, not before McCoy Tyner Quarter, featuring Ravi Coltrane & Esperanza Spalding, geared us up!  OH MAN!!!

Francisco Mela (Photo by: Dino Perrucci)

Francisco Mela (Photo by: Dino Perrucci)

The McCoy Tyner Quartet featured:

McCoy Tyner – Piano
Esperanza Spalding – Stand Up bass
Francisco Mela – Drums
Ravi Coltrane – Saxophone

Seriously, the McCoy’s set could and SHOULD be an article all it’s own.  However, I just wanted to sit back and relax for McCoy’s set.  I knew I would be all over the place mentally when Stanley came on stage.  So, I sat back, relaxed, didn’t take notes and just absorbed what was taking place on stage. I actually am seated directly behind the female taking the below video!

Esperanza Spalding (Photo by: Dino Perrucci)

Esperanza Spalding (Photo by: Dino Perrucci)

The talent that was mind-blowing and the sounds were so eclectic and wonderfully brought together.  You had Afro-Cuban jazz composer and drummer Francisco Mela who was superb, locking down his drum solos each and every time and providing a wonderful session of beats for this insane jazz performance to groove too.  I can’t begin to describe his energy and talent.

I had never seen Esperanza Spalding before and I just wanted to BECOME her.  Commanding the center of the stage with all these great male musicians surrounding her, with this giant upright bass between her legs, biting her lower lip as she flew over the strings…IT WAS HOT!!  And it was almost impossible for me to not focus on her completely.  At 26 years old, her fingers move with the grace of an old soul and her sound parallels that. I mean come on…

Then we had Ravi Coltrane, son of John Coltrane, ripping apart the saxophone when his time came.  And this was just the opener…

Ravi Coltrane and Esperanza Spalding (Photo by: Dino Perrucci)

Ravi Coltrane and Esperanza Spalding (Photo by: Dino Perrucci)

The opening band consisted of the second son of luminaries John and Alice Coltrane on saxophone, a bass player hand-picked by President Barack Obama to play in Oslo Hall at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, a drummer hailed as “one of the most important Cuban drummers in jazz” by Jazz Times, and the bluesy stylings of McCoy Tyner.  UNREAL!!!!  I am almost always a hater on opening bands.  But this was a real treat.  This was talent opening for talent and this is the kind of music and performance I prefer to see.  HOT DAMN!!!


And then, after all that energy had been put into us, preparing us for the INSANITY that was about to take place…we were put on hold.  There was now a change of plans.  The show had attracted such enormous response that the outside of the venue had been swarmed with people.  A gentleman got on stage and said:

“I have good news and better news. ”  The good news is that there are hundreds of people at the bottom of the hill who want to be part of this lovely evening of music.  The better news is that we are going to stop for about 20 minutes and ask that you utilize the space around you so that we can provide entrance to more viewers.”

Stanley Clarke (Photo by: Dino Perrucci)

Stanley Clarke (Photo by: Dino Perrucci)

The venue was not even closed to being packed and I was in a chair so I wasn’t to worried.  At this point, Nigel was still in transit.  He had spent the day performing on free pianos all over the city.  Sadly, he missed one hell of a opener but his performances were well worth his delay getting to the show and you should check it out by clicking the link above.

Nigel arrived in plenty of time for Stanley’s set.  Perfect timing.  Two lovely gentlemen were sitting behind us wearing their Return To Forever shirts.  Nigel took their pictures on his phone!  We spoke of the coming Al Di Meola show at Highline Ballroom the following night and they already had their tickets.  Unfortunately, I was giving free tickets away through the Tiny Rager site but was unable to make it as I was heading to Phish that weekend.

After about half an hour delay, the stage started to buzz again and we were handed 2 1/2 hours of pure Jazz.  HELLZ YEAH!!!

The Stanley Clarke Trio:

Stanley Clarke – Bass
Ruslan Sirota – Keyboards
Ronald Bruner Jr. – Drums
Featuring: Hiromi Uehara – Piano

Hiromi (Photo by: Dino Perrucci)

Hiromi (Photo by: Dino Perrucci)

Stanley started the show off with Lopsy Lou.  Hitting us right in the face with the slaps of his bass and the snare drum tapping off the beat.  A great showcase of the bass and immediately I learned who the hell this Hiromi character was and what she was all about.  Some could say rager and some ragers might say showboat. Personally, I just have my jaw on the ground.

The words I want to use to describe her actions are as plain as SHE FREAKS THE F#@K OUT!!! Her entire body was involved, her entire mind was probably in outer space or in the keys…inside the piano…it is clearly an out of body experience for her when she plays.  There are no words strong enough to describe the insanity that is Hiromi when she plays for us.  Just take a look…and this doesn’t even scratch the surface of her raging…

At only 23 year old, Ronald Bruner Jr. blows my mind.  Beginning his professional career at the age of 15 at the Theolonius Monk Institute of Jazz, he has already played with huge Jazz legends.    His diverse drumming styles could be heard throughout the performance.

And then you had Stanley Clarke. The man of the hour.  If you closed your eyes, you felt as if you were listening to Stanley Clarke from 20 years ago.  He still has it.  Boy, does he still have it.  With his electric bass in hand, the group performed Charles Mingus‘s jazz standard, Goodbye Pork Pie Hat. Hiromi once again let loose and RIPPED OPEN her solo with the power and ferocity of an attack dog.  Check it out…

Stanley moved to the stand up has for a Return To Forever song called No Mystery.  I believe this song was originally written by Chick Corea so Hiromi started off the song with her plinking keys.  Initially, there was no bass.  During this song, Stanley had some technical difficulties.  You heard people in the audience shouting that we couldn’t hear the bass.  Nigel and I picked up on it immediately and just watched Stanley handle it in his smooth nature. He sat there looking a bit frustrated but sitting calmly, smoothly, smiling at us, letting Hiromi fill in his blanks.

Stanley Clarke - Bass!

Stanley Clarke - Bass!

After some commotion on stage, Stanley throws his hands up and then we heard it.  The bass was fixed and Stanley was projected out to us once again.   Ronald Jr. wiped his face as Stanley thanked the Tech and proceeds to take his solo.  And man did he make up for those lost minutes.

While no one else was shouting or jumping out of their chair, Nigel and I proceeded to be moved by the music numerous times bringing us out of our seats and hollering like wild kids at the stage.  Sure, this was a jazz show.  We were surrounded by people who would have preferred silence and a nice seated audience but that is NOT what was going to be happening with us tonight.  This was powerful shit.  This is the stuff that made us move and you can forget the manners and civility that is supposed to come with these shows.  After the third time jumping up out of our seats Nigel shouts: “Go head Stanley.”  Man, this was such a change of pace from the FUNK.

Roland Jr

Ronald Bruner Jr. - Drums

The drums held it down while mic was changed on Stanley’s bass. Hiromi continued to rage the keys.  Nigel and I bickered over the antics Hiromi threw at us while playing.  The way that girl raged, she would most certainly  knock over that wine on the Temperpedic commercials. Nigel is from the old school of playing the keys and feel that those kind of shenanigans while playing are not necessary.  On the other hand, I felt that her playing was modern, new, fresh and would entice and energize the younger parts of the crowd who might be sitting there bored because their parents drug them to this show.


Ruslan Sirota - Keyboards

The next song was fast jazz with a Broadway bounce. Our real first taste of Ruslan on his Yamaha Motif.   He raged some insane fusion keyboards for a few min and Stanley cooly crushed it in the backdrop.  Such an unusual sound.

Nigel loved Ruslan so much more thne Hiromi but Ruslan truly didn’t bring the heat that Hiromi did and we both verbally voiced that wish.  We were  both out of our seats for part of his solo while the whole placed sat quietly.

Hiromi's kicks...

Hiromi's kicks...

Stanley felt it and we felt it in him.  So many faces while Stanley raged slap acoustic bass and then Ruslan FINALLY brought the heat but not moving even half as much as Hiromi.  There was absolutely no flair with this guy but he was clearly talented and GREAT!

Stanley switched to using a bow on the bass for Paradigm Shift.  A nice slow, slow start to the song.  A shifty song that bounced back and forth between chaos and sanity.  Pleasent vs wild.  Nigel points out: “He’s had that same part in his hair for 30 yrs.”  Ruslan’s legs shook so hard and Stanley plucked the bass so deep. I loved this song.  Ronald was fast and chaotic.

This song made me think of lights.  I imagined the lift show if there was one. Oh Stanley. As we watched him pluck those strings soooo very fast, we joked about how we bet his wife loves the way he plucks those strings.  The slow inclinations were impeccable.

Set list…Lopsy Lou, Goodbye Park, No Mystery, Black Narcisuss, Good Bye Pork Pie, Paradigm Shift

Our View of Stage!

Our View of Stage!

The Stanley Clarke Trio performance featuring Hiromi might just have to be one of my top 5 performances of 2010.  It is a style of music that resonates with me harder then Funk, harder then anything.  I was watching the show with someone who I knew was appreciating every single drop of sound that was coming from the stage and I loved that.  The weather had turned cool and lovely.  It was just lovely.  At the end of the performance Nigel and I just stared at each other and smiled.  What a perfect night of music.

City Parks Foundation’s Summer Stage

CareFusion Jazz Series

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