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Welcome to Suga in My Bowl radio‘s weekly feature, On The Bandstand, where we collect upcoming NYC area shows from current and past Suga’ guests. We’re online weekly and on the air on NYC’s WBAI-FM radio alternate Sunday nights from 11 PM -1 AM. Keep up with us via Facebook, the blog here, or our main website, or Twitter and we’ll keep track of the schedule for you.

We’re off the air this week (and recovering from the Vision Fest), but head over to our archives if you missed last week’s show with saxophonist Kidd Jordan.  We’ve also got a review of the first day and days 2 and 4 if you missed this year’s festivities. A review of the last 2 days is coming soon, too. WBAI Radio’s officially wrapped its Spring Fund Drive and thanks to those who pledged! If you didn’t get around to it, it’s not too late to  pledge online snd even a few dollars helps a lot. Now let’s get to those listings.

WBGO Radio has a visual art exhibit featuring works produced by musicians. It’s on view at their studio in downtown Newark NJ and features the work of Will Calhoun, Mino Cinelu, Dick Griffin, Oliver Lake, Carmen Lundy and others. Saxophonist Oliver Lake will be performing for the reception on June 8.

Director John Scheinfeld’s John Coltrane documentary film Chasing ‘Trane is playing at Cinema Village in Manhattan (closes June 8), the Picture House in Pelham (June 9-15), and Time and Space in Hudson (June 10-11). See our review of the film for a preview.

Director Casper Kollin’s Lee Morgan documentary film I Called Him Morgan  is also playing at Time and Space in Hudson (June 8-9) and the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville on June 15. We’ve got a review of that, too.

 

Saxophonist Gary Bartz is at The Blue Note on May 30-31 with pianist McCoy Tyner.

 

Saxophonist Kamasi Washington is at Brooklyn’s McCarren Park on June 8 as part of the Northside Festival.

Guitarist Pat Metheny, bassist Linda May Han Oh, and drummer Antonio Sanchez are at the Beacon Theater on June 10.

The Sun Ra Arkestra led by saxophonist Marshall Allen is at Union Pool in Brooklyn on June 10.

Vocalist Thana Alexa and bassist William Parker are both at the Red Hook Jazz Festival on June 11.

 

Bassist/vocalist Richard Bona is at Club Bonafide on June 10 and 17 with Mandekan Cubano.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is scheduled to be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday June 11. We’ll also have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online next Sunday with a fresh set of listings.

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Hank Williams is an associate producer for Suga’ in My Bowl on WBAI Radio and webmaster for the Suga’ and Behind the Mic sites. He is also a PhD candidate in English and Africana Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center and teaches at Hunter and Lehman Colleges and The City College of New York. Find him on Twitter @streetgriot

bandstand_picPhoto Credit: Hank Williams

Welcome to Suga in My Bowl radio‘s weekly feature, On The Bandstand, where we collect upcoming NYC area shows from current and past Suga’ guests. We’re online weekly and on the air on NYC’s WBAI-FM radio alternate Sunday nights from 11 PM -1 AM. Keep up with us via Facebook, the blog here, or our main website, or Twitter and we’ll keep track of the schedule for you.

This week’s show continues our Vision Festival 22 preview coverage with saxophonist Kidd Jordan, who you can catch at Vision on Friday June 2.  V22 opens at Judson Memorial Church on May 29 and runs through June 3. Scroll down for details and our annual preview is on the way.

 

Before we get to this week’s listings, a reminder that WBAI Radio’s starting its Spring Fund Drive and needs your support to stay on the air and keep our show on the air. There are 3 ways to give. You can call 516-620-3602 (preferably while we’re on the air), pledge online, or just send a text message to 41444 and enter WBAI as the message. You can pledge as little as $5 or consider becoming a sustaining member with a monthly pledge. Of course, we’re grateful for any help you can give.

WBGO Radio has a visual art exhibit featuring works produced by musicians. It’s on view at their studio in downtown Newark NJ and features the work of Will Calhoun, Mino Cinelu, Dick Griffin, Oliver Lake, Carmen Lundy and others. Saxophonist Oliver Lake will be performing for the reception on June 8.

It’s the last call for director John Scheinfeld’s John Coltrane documentary film Chasing ‘Trane at the IFC Center in Manhattan. It’s been held over for awhile now, so best not to delay any longer. See our review of the film for a preview.

Bassist Alex Blake is at The Blue Note with vocalist Julie E on May 29.

Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane is at Birdland from May 30-June 3.

Saxophonist Gary Bartz is at The Blue Note on May 30-31 with pianist McCoy Tyner.

Drummer JT Lewis and bassist Melvin Gibbs are at Le Poisson Rouge with Harriet Tubman on May 31.

Pianist Randy Weston is at Bethany Baptist Church in Newark NJ on June 3 for Jazz Vespers.

Myself—Hank Williams—will be at the Left Forum at John Jay College on June 3 as part of the “Writer as Revolutionary” panel speaking on the Black Arts Movement.

Drummer Will Calhoun is at Prince Street Project Space with Adejoke Tugbiyele on June 4.

Saxophonist Kamasi Washington is at Brooklyn’s McCarren Park on June 8 as part of the Northside Festival.

Guitarist Pat Metheny, bassist Linda May Han Oh, and drummer Antonio Sanchez are at the Beacon Theater on June 10.

The Sun Ra Arkestra led by saxophonist Marshall Allen is at Union Pool in Brooklyn on June 10.

Vocalist Thana Alexa and bassist William Parker are both at the Red Hook Jazz Festival on June 11.

The big event on the horizon is this year’s Vision Fest. It starts on the May 28 at Anthology film archives and moves to Judson Memorial Church from the 29-June 3 with nightly performances of jazz, dance, poetry, and visual art. In addition to William Parker and Cooper-Moore, you can see drummer Hamid Drake, poets Carl Hancock Rux and Jesus Papoleto Melendez, TRIO 3 with Reggie Workman, Andrew Cyrille and Oliver Lake; and saxophonists Charles Gayle and David Murray. There’s also a conference on June 1 at Columbia University sponsored by the Center for Jazz Studies and a new series of after hours sets starting at midnight at Nublu.

WBAI Radio returns as a media sponsor of this year’s Vision Fest.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is scheduled to be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday June 11. We’ll also have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online next Sunday with a fresh set of listings.

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Hank Williams is an associate producer for Suga’ in My Bowl on WBAI Radio and webmaster for the Suga’ and Behind the Mic sites. He is also a PhD candidate in English and Africana Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center and teaches at Hunter and Lehman Colleges and The City College of New York. Find him on Twitter @streetgriot

bandstand_picPhoto Credit: Hank Williams

Welcome to Suga in My Bowl radio‘s weekly feature, On The Bandstand, where we collect upcoming NYC area shows from current and past Suga’ guests. We’re online weekly and on the air on NYC’s WBAI-FM radio alternate Sunday nights from 11 PM -1 AM. Keep up with us via Facebook, the blog here, or our main website, or Twitter and we’ll keep track of the schedule for you.

We’re off the air this week, but if you missed last week’s show with bassist Ron Carter, head over to our archives where that and 7 years of other shows reside.  Speaking of bassists, Linda May Han Oh‘s Walk Against Wind is the current Listen. Hear. entry on our blog. You can stream the entire CD for a limited time!

Now let’s get to this week’s listings.

It’s the last call for director John Scheinfeld’s John Coltrane documentary film Chasing ‘Trane It’s showing at the IFC Center in Manhattan through May 9. See our review of the film for a preview.

Looking further ahead, pianist Vijay Iyer leads his trio at the Village Vanguard from May 9-14.

Guitarist Julian Lage is at The Stone on May 11-12 in their new location at the New School University’s Glass Box Theater.

Flutist Bobbi Humphrey is at Ginny’s Supper Club May 12.

Pianist Harold Mabern leads a trio at Smalls on May 17.

Pianist Onaje Allen Gumbs is at Sista’s Place in Brooklyn on May 20.

Poet Carl Hancock Rux is at the Jazz Gallery as part of Joel Ross’ “Being a Young Black Man” on May 26-27.

Saxophonist Oliver Lake leads an organ quartet at Smalls on May 27.

Saxophonist Gary Bartz is at The Blue Note on May 30-31 with pianist McCoy Tyner.

Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane is at Birdland from May 30-June 3.

Finally, we announced this year’s Vision Fest a few weeks ago, but the full schedule is now up! Head on over to their site for the full schedule. We’ll return with our standard cheat sheet festival preview as the dates get closer.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is scheduled to be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday May 14. We’ll also have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online next Sunday with a fresh set of listings.

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Hank Williams is an associate producer for Suga’ in My Bowl on WBAI Radio and webmaster for the Suga’ and Behind the Mic sites. He is also a PhD candidate in English and Africana Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center and teaches at Hunter and Lehman Colleges and The City College of New York. Find him on Twitter @streetgriot

bandstand_picPhoto Credit: Hank Williams

Welcome to Suga in My Bowl radio‘s weekly feature, On The Bandstand, where we collect upcoming NYC area shows from current and past Suga’ guests. We’re online weekly and on the air on NYC’s WBAI-FM radio alternate Sunday nights from 11 PM -1 AM. Keep up with us via Facebook, the blog here, or our main website, or Twitter and we’ll keep track of the schedule for you.

This week’s show features bassist Ron Carter. He has an 80th birthday celebration at the Blue Note this week through May 7th with different guests each night.  Speaking of bassists, Linda May Han Oh‘s Walk Against Wind is the current Listen. Hear. entry on our blog. You can stream the entire CD for a limited time!

Now let’s get to this week’s listings.

It’s the last call for director John Scheinfeld’s John Coltrane documentary film Chasing ‘Trane It’s showing at the IFC Center in Manhattan through May 2. See our review of the film for a preview.

Saxophonist David Murray leads the Class Struggle ensemble at the Village Vanguard from May 2-7 with trombonist Craig Harris.

Hammond B3 Organ master Dr. Lonnie Smith leads a trio at Aaron Davis Hall on the City College of New York’s Harlem campus on May 5.

Vocalists Dee Dee Bridgewater and Dianne Reeves and drummer Terri Lyne Carrington are at the Abbey Lincoln tribute concert at the Apollo Theater on May 6.

Looking further ahead, pianist Vijay Iyer leads his trio at the Village Vanguard from May 9-14.

Guitarist Julian Lage is at The Stone on May 11-12 in their new location at the New School University’s Glass Box Theater.

Flutist Bobbi Humphrey is at Ginny’s Supper Club May 12.

Pianist Harold Mabern leads a trio at Smalls on May 17.

Finally, we announced this year’s Vision Fest a few weeks ago, but the full schedule is now up! Head on over to their site for the full schedule. We’ll return with our standard cheat sheet festival preview as the dates get closer.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is scheduled to be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday May 14. We’ll also have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online next Sunday with a fresh set of listings.

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Hank Williams is an associate producer for Suga’ in My Bowl on WBAI Radio and webmaster for the Suga’ and Behind the Mic sites. He is also a PhD candidate in English and Africana Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center and teaches at Hunter and Lehman Colleges and The City College of New York. Find him on Twitter @streetgriot

bandstand_picPhoto Credit: Hank Williams

Welcome to Suga in My Bowl radio‘s weekly feature, On The Bandstand, where we collect upcoming NYC area shows from current and past Suga’ guests. We’re online weekly and on the air on NYC’s WBAI-FM radio alternate Sunday nights from 11 PM -1 AM. Keep up with us via Facebook, the blog here, or our main website, or Twitter and we’ll keep track of the schedule for you.

We’re off this week, but if you missed last week’s show with bassist Linda May Han Oh, head over to our archives. For an extended preview of Oh, we’re streaming her just released Walk Against Wind as our next Listen. Hear. entry. You can stream the entire CD for a limited time as well as our previous entry with saxophonist Clare Daly’s 2648 West Grand Boulevard.

Now let’s get to this week’s listings.

Director John Scheinfeld’s John Coltrane documentary film Chasing ‘Trane is showing at the IFC Center in Manhattan through Thursday April 27. See our review of the film for a preview.

Also playing in New York City is Kaspar Collin’s Lee Morgan documentary I Called Him Morgan, which has been held over at the theaters at Lincoln Center. You can see our review of that, too.

Trombonist Craig Harris and Saxophonist David Murray are at the Jack Tilton Gallery in Manhattan on April 24 from 5:30-8 PM for a book release party for Butch Morris’s The Art of Conduction.

Vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater is at WNYC Radio’s Greene Space for an Ella Fitzgerald tribute on April 24.

Trumpeter Hugh Masekela will be at the Town Hall on April 27th with the Jazz Epistles.

Pianist Onaje Allen Gumbs is at Aaron Davis Hall on the City College of New York’s Harlem campus on April 28th.

Saxophonist Ahmed Abdullah leads his Diaspora ensemble in a jazz opera titled Sun Ra Returns at Sista’s Place in Brooklyn on April 29th.

Poet Abiodun Oyewole is at the Brooklyn Folk Festival with The Last Poets at St. Ann’s Church in Brooklyn on April 30th.

Saxophonist David Murray leads the Class Struggle ensemble at the Village Vanguard from May 2-7 with trombonist Craig Harris.

Finally, we announced this year’s Vision Fest a few weeks ago, but the full schedule is now up! Head on over to their site for the full schedule. We’ll return with our standard cheat sheet festival preview as the dates get closer.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is scheduled to be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday April 30. We’ll also have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online next Sunday with a fresh set of listings.

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Hank Williams is an associate producer for Suga’ in My Bowl on WBAI Radio and webmaster for the Suga’ and Behind the Mic sites. He is also a PhD candidate in English and Africana Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center and teaches at Hunter and Lehman Colleges and The City College of New York. Find him on Twitter @streetgriot

bandstand_picPhoto Credit: Hank Williams

Welcome to Suga in My Bowl radio‘s weekly feature, On The Bandstand, where we collect upcoming NYC area shows from current and past Suga’ guests. We’re online weekly and on the air on NYC’s WBAI-FM radio alternate Sunday nights from 11 PM -1 AM. Keep up with us via Facebook, the blog here, or our main website, or Twitter and we’ll keep track of the schedule for you.

This week’s show features bassist Linda May Han Oh. Her CD release event for the brand new Walk Against Wind will be on Wednesday April 19 at the Jazz Standard. You can also see her on Tuesday April 18 at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club with Jaleel Shaw or on the 21st at Cornelia St Café with Chris Dingman’s Trio.

For an extended preview of Oh, we’re streaming her just released Walk Against Wind as our next Listen. Hear. entry. You can stream the entire CD for a limited time as well as our previous entry with saxophonist Clare Daly’s 2648 West Grand Boulevard.

Now let’s get to this week’s listings.

We start with Director John Scheinfeld’s John Coltrane documentary film Chasing ‘Trane. It’s screening at the IFC Center in Manhattan through Thursday April 20. Also see our review of the film.

Saxophonist Gary Bartz is at The Blue Note on April 17th with pianist McCoy Tyner.

Pianist Harold Mabern leads a trio at Smalls on the 19th.

Bassist Christian McBride is at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem to talk about his recording and performing career for the third installment of the Session Stories series on April 20 and at Newark’s NJPAC on April 23rd with bassist/vocalist Esperanza Spalding.

Saxophonist Oliver Lake leads a big band at the Jazz Gallery from April 21-22nd.

Looking a little further ahead, drummer and percussionist Will Calhoun is in Montclair NJ at the Wellmont Theater with Paul Shaffer’s band on April 21 and at the Theatre at Westbury in Long Island on April 22nd.

Trombonist and seashellist Steve Turre leads a qunitet at Smoke from April 21-23.

Trombonist Craig Harris is at Sista’s Place in Brooklyn on April 22nd.

Saxophonist Wayne Shorter is at Newark’s NJPAC on April 22-23rd.

Vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater is at WNYC Radio’s Greene Space for an Ella Fitzgerald tribute on April 24.

Trumpeter Hugh Masekela will be at the Town Hall on April 27th with the Jazz Epistles.

Saxophonist Ahmed Abdullah leads his Diaspora ensemble in a jazz opera titled Sun Ra Returns at Sista’s Place in Brooklyn on April 29th.

Saxophonist David Murray leads the Class Struggle ensemble at the Village Vanguard from May 2-7 with trombonist Craig Harris.

Finally, we announced this year’s Vision Fest a few weeks ago, but the full schedule is now up! Head on over to their site for the full schedule. We’ll return with our standard cheat sheet festival preview as the dates get closer.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is scheduled to be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday April 30. We’ll also have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online next Sunday with a fresh set of listings.

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Hank Williams is an associate producer for Suga’ in My Bowl on WBAI Radio and webmaster for the Suga’ and Behind the Mic sites. He is also a PhD candidate in English and Africana Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center and teaches at Hunter and Lehman Colleges and The City College of New York. Find him on Twitter @streetgriot

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The art of mime, with its embrace of silence and pure physical expression, may seem like an unlikely source of inspiration for a jazz musician. But in “Walking Against the Wind,” one of Marcel Marceau’s best-loved pieces, bassist/composer Linda May Han Oh found a stunning metaphor for the life of an artist. Linda has chosen to release this album under the name, “Linda May Han Oh” as “May Han” is her birth name and the name “Linda” was given to her at three years of age upon moving to Australia in order to assimilate. Marceau’s graceful but frustrated motion, which also inspired Michael Jackson’s iconic moonwalk, found the legendary mime fighting against invisible but pervasive forces while also embracing the beauty and pleasure to be found in taking the paths in life that offer greater challenges – but also richer rewards.

On her fourth album, Walk Against Wind, Oh explores both the challenges and the rich rewards of an artist’s journey. “Walk Against Wind is about the paths that we choose,” Oh explains. “Sometimes they end up being the harder paths, but in the long run they prove more fruitful.”

The album, released April 14 2017 by Biophilia Records, is the spiritual successor to Oh’s acclaimed 2013 release Sun Pictures, with returning saxophonist Ben Wendel (Kneebody, Snoop Dogg) joined by guitarist Matthew Stevens (Christian Scott, Esperanza Spalding) and drummer Justin Brown (Ambrose Akinmusire, Gerald Clayton). In addition, keyboardist Fabian Almazan (Terence Blanchard) and Korean traditional musician Minji Park appear as special guests with the quartet, which has been workshopping Oh’s compositions at a variety of New York hotspots including the 55 Bar, The Jazz Gallery and Minton’s Harlem.

Beyond the inspiration to be found in Marceau’s preternaturally elegant and moving work, Oh looks up to the mime for the way he used his art for the benefit of humanity, joining the French Resistance and saving Jewish children from the concentration camps during World War II. “In my experience teaching, I always think it’s important to give the students a bigger picture perspective,” says Oh, who teaches in Manhattan School of Music’s precollege program as well as various camps and workshops including the Banff International Workshop in Jazz & Creative Music and Stanford Jazz Workshop.

“It doesn’t mean that you have to do volunteer work 24 hours a day or donate all your money to charity; it’s just about thinking bigger picture about what you can give back to the community with your music. It’s definitely appropriate for these times given the uncertainty of what’s to come and the feelings of division, lack of unity and the climate of intolerance that’s arisen in the last few years.”

Empathy and building bridges are key to the music on Walk Against Wind. “Mantis,” which is based on a traditional Korean rhythm called “ochae chilgut,” was inspired by an experience the Malaysian-born, Australian-raised, New York-based Oh had collaborating with an international group of musicians at the 2013 Gwang Ju World Music Festival in Korea. “Speech Impediment,” meanwhile, is a narrative piece that sonically relates the story of a man afflicted with a stutter who struggles to profess his feeling to the woman he loves. The piece was sparked in part by a talk given by Australian singer-songwriter Megan Washington about her own battles with stuttering, which Oh saw as a powerful example of people’s tendencies to overlook the depth of someone’s character in favor of more superficial, surface-based judgments.

A core idea that carries through all of these pieces – whether sharing musical experiences with collaborators who don’t speak your language, finding ways to speak when words fail, or finding the profound emotions in a mute performer’s work – is that of non-verbal communication, a crucial element in jazz that Oh has discovered in deep and meaningful ways with this group of gifted musicians.

Walk Against Wind features Oh expanding her palette in numerous ways, from an increased use of electric bass to her use of wordless vocals (both of which harken back, in embryonic form, to her earliest days playing Red Hot Chili Peppers and Joan Jett songs in Australian cover bands). Both can be heard on the frenetic and rubbery “Perpluzzle,” whose Escher-esque twists and turns prove an engaging challenge for the quartet.

Stevens and Oh illustrate the trudging steps of “Walk Against Wind,” which spins a more determined, commanding variation from Marceau’s title to epitomize the tune’s ultimate soaring triumph against those unseen obstacles. The melody of “Firedancer” traces the dazzling steps of a Brazilian dancers and their whirling torches, which Oh witnessed through the images of sociologist and filmmaker Sabrina McCormick, for whom she’s contributed soundtrack music. Film also became the source for “Western,” which was born from Oh’s experience in the Sundance Institute’s Composers Lab, held at George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch, and traces its roots to spaghetti western films – both their grit and ruggedness but also their near-operatic absurdity.

A bedtime hymn for the 18-and-over set, entrancing opener “Lucid Lullaby” combines nostalgia and catharsis to sing more mature listeners to sleep, while “Ikan Bilis” – the Malay word for “anchovy” – is Oh’s wistful reminiscence for her mother’s cooking, particularly the cherished Malaysian anchovies-and-rice dish Nasi Lemak. The lovely, recursive ballad “Mother Reason” offers another look back, this time reflecting on the way that a mother always knows when something’s wrong with their child, circling again and again from crisis to reassurance.

The evocatively-titled “Deepsea Dancers” was inspired by personal loss, weaving around an insistent melody with the determination and resolve that comes from grief, gilded by the beauty of a life touched and impacted by those we’ve lost. The crepuscular “Midnight” strikes a dark-tinged but ultimately hopeful note redolent of the witching hour.

The compelling, memorable compositions and thrilling improvisations on Walk Against Wind exemplify why Linda May Han Oh has become one of the most in-demand bassists of her generation. Born in Malaysia to Chinese parents and raised in Western Australia, Oh arrived in New York with a love of jazz, early training in classical bassoon, and an adolescence spent playing electric bass in Aussie rock bands. She recently joined guitar giant Pat Metheny’s newest quartet and remains a key member of trumpet great Dave Douglas’ quintet as well as the Sound Prints band Douglas co-founded with saxophonist Joe Lovano. In addition, Oh has worked with pianists Fabian Almazan, and Kenny Barron, saxophonists Steve Wilson and Jaleel Shaw, and drummer E.J. Strickland.

Personnel:

Linda May Han Oh: Bass
Ben Wendel: Saxophone
Matthew Stevens: Guitar
Justin Brown: Drums
Fabian Almazan: Piano (tracks 2, 6, 10), Keyboards
Minji Park: janggu & kkwaenggwari (track 8)

Walk Against Wind is available from Biophilia Records (via Bandcamp) as downloads or with or without physical artwork.

Enjoy the full album right here. For a deeper dive into Oh’s music, listen to our April 16 show with an interview and more of her music. Let us know what you think in the comments.

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