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Record Store Day 2018: Jazz Releases

Record Store Day 2018: Jazz Releases

While jazz records seem fewer and far between on this year’s Record Store Day 2018 set of releases, we here at The Analog Vault are particularly excited about the following albums being released this RSD.

2 official previously unissued recordings of jazz-funk guitarist Grant Green in over 10 years:

Grant Green - Funk in France: From Paris to Antibes (1969-1970) | Deluxe limited-edition 180gm 3LPs | Resonance Records

Grant Green - Funk in France | Vinyl | Record Store Day RSD 2018

 

Grant Green - Slick! - Live at Oil Can Harry's | Deluxe limited-edition 180gm 2LP | Resonance Records

Grant Green - Slick! | Vinyl | Record Store Day RSD 2018

 

The vinyl release of Hudson, by jazz-meets-rock supergroup, consisting of multi-generational quartet drummer Jack DeJohnette, bassist Larry Grenadier, keyboardist John Medeski, and guitarist John Scofield | Motéma Music

Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski, guitarist John Scofield.- Hudson Vinyl | Record Store Day RSD 2018

 

A previously unheard EP by Miles Davis called Rubberband, featuring Al Jarreau and Chaka Khan |  Warner Bros/Rhino

Miles Davis - Rubberband EP | Vinyl | Record Store Day 2018 RSD

 

An Evening With Ornette Coleman, Part 2 | ORG Music

An Evening with Ornette Coleman Part 2 | Org Music | Vinyl | Record Store Day RSD 2018

 

Thelonious Monk – Monk (Remastered) |  Columbia / Legacy

Thelonious Monk - Monk (Remastered) | Vinyl | Record Store Day RSD 2018

We will be stocking a limited number of these albums to be sold at our store on Record Store Day 2018, 21st April 2018 Saturday, onwards.

More details on each of the titles below.

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Grant Green

Funk in France: From Paris to Antibes (1969-1970) | Deluxe limited-edition 180gm 3LP, mastered at Bernie Grundman, pressed at 33 1/3 RPM by RTI.

  • Remastered audio transferred directly from the original tape reels.
  • Includes extensive booklet with rare photos by Chuck Stewart, Jean-Pierre Leloir and Christian Rose; essays by noted jazz producer Michael Cuscuna, Resonance producer Zev Feldman, Ina's Pascal Rozat; interviews with organ legend Dr. Lonnie Smith, Soulive guitarist Eric Krasno, Green's son Greg Green (aka Grant Green Jr.), organist Clarence Palmer & more

Slick! - Live at Oil Can Harry's | Deluxe limited-edition 180gm 2LP, mastered at Bernie Grundman, pressed at 33 1/3 RPM by RTI.

  • Remastered audio transferred directly from the original 10" tape reels.
  • Includes exhaustive booklet with rare photos taken at the club by Gerry Nairn; essays by acclaimed writer A. Scott Galloway, Resonance producer Zev Feldman, Vancouver DJ Gary Barclay; interviews with Detroit guitar legend Perry Hughes, Green's son Greg Green (aka Grant Green Jr.), drummer Greg "Vibrations" Williams; plus words from Grant Green and keyboardist Emmanuel Riggins in 1975

 

“Resonance Records is proud to announce the first official previously unissued recordings of Grant Green in over 10 years, capturing the jazz-funk guitar icon during what's believed to have been his only performances in France and Vancouver.Funk in France: From Paris to Antibes (1969-1970) is being released in partnership with the Institut national de l'audiovisuel (Ina) with remastered high-resolution audio transferred directly from the original tapes of the Office of French Radio and Television (ORTF). This is also Resonance's third album released in partnership with INA in a series of ORTF recordings, following 2016's critically acclaimed Larry Young In Paris: The ORTF Recordings and 2017's Wes Montgomery In Paris: The Definitive ORTF Recording.

In tandem with Funk in France, Resonance will also release a never-before-issued recording called Slick! - Live at Oil Can Harry's captured live on September 5, 1975 at a popular club in Vancouver, BC Canada called Oil Can Harry's. Taped 3 years after the classic Live at the Lighthouse album released on Blue Note in 1972, this marks the latest known official live Grant Green recording on CD and LP.

Both albums will be available exclusively for Record Store Day on April 21, 2018, followed by CD and digital releases on May 25, 2018. Funk in France is being released as a limited-edition, hand-numbered (of 3,000) 180-gram 3LP gatefold set, mastered at the legendary Bernie Grundman Mastering Studios and pressed at 33 1/3 RPM by Record Technology Inc. (RTI). This collection of recordings from the ORTF studios in Paris on October 26, 1969 features the legendary guitarist with bassist Larry Ridley and drummerDon Lamond, with jazz guitar icon Barney Kessel accompanying Green on "I Wish You Love"; plus full concert recordings from the Antibes Jazz Festival on June 18 and 20, 1970 with saxophonist Claude Bartee and organist Clarence Palmer, who both played on Green's classic 1969 Blue Note album Carryin' On, and drummer Billy Wilson. The ORTF studio session was taped for a radio broadcast produced by legendary French producer André Francis. The Antibes recording was taped less than a month before Green's first live release Alive! on Blue Note Records.

The companion album Slick! - Live at Oil Can Harry's is also being released on Record Store Day as a limited-edition, hand-numbered (of 3,000) 180-gram 2LP gatefold set, mastered at Bernie Grundman Mastering Studios and pressed at 33 1/3 RPM by Record Technology Inc. (RTI). Featuring a primarily Detroit-based band with Emmanuel Riggins (father of drummer Karriem Riggins) on electric piano, Ronnie Ware on bass, drummer Greg "Vibrations" Williams (Jack McDuff, Lou Donaldson) and Gerald Izzard on percussion, this recording was originally broadcast on CHQM-FM in Vancouver by the DJ Gary Barclay and has been transferred from his original 10" reels to reveal a sterling sonic experience.

Producer Zev Feldman says about these projects, "I wanted to create a really special event celebrating Grant Green and thought that putting out 2 separate albums at once would make a stronger statement than just one. And in fact, Funk in France is actually 2-albums-in-1, with the Paris and Antibes recordings being combined together in one 3LP and 2CD set. Fans will note that the Paris material recorded at the ORTF studio has been previously leaked to YouTube, so we could have just released Antibes on its own, but we thought both recordings deserved the official Resonance treatment. We're also proud to have the family's involvement on these recordings, including the eldest son Greg, who is also an incredible jazz guitarist like his father. These albums showcase what I call Green's "evolution of the funk," and I think these albums will excite longtime Grant Green fans and hopefully bring new fans along for the ride too."” – Press release

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Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski & John Scofield - Hudson | Motéma Music

“Music giants Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski, and John Scofield, join forces in the electrifying new jazz-meets-rock supergroup, Hudson. Inspired by the beauty and spirit of their home region, New York’s Hudson River Valley, these famed improvisers bring fresh dimensions to Woodstock associated classics by Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Jimi Hendrix and The Band and as well as compelling original compositions.” – Record Store Day website

“On their own, drummer Jack DeJohnette, bassist Larry Grenadier, keyboardist/organist John Medeski and guitarist John Scofield can each boast careers that are stunning in their diversity and reach, building impressive audiences across a wide range of genres and styles from jazz to rock and beyond. Together they comprise the rare supergroup worthy of the name. What’s brought them together is not just their similarly adventurous and virtuosic music, but a shared love for the scenery and spirit of the Hudson River Valley, which all four call home. ...

The group’s extraordinary self-titled debut, Hudson strikingly captures the atmosphere and beauty of the region while celebrating the extraordinary music that has emerged from it. Mixing original music with thrilling renditions of world-famous songs by the likes of Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Jimi Hendrix and The Band’s Robbie Robertson, Hudson has created an album as spectacular and breathtaking as the Hudson Valley itself.” – Press Release

“Too often, musicians of this caliber who come together under the particular umbrella of a "project" find the end result muddied by any number of difficulties, from individual egos to production excesses. Thankfully, none of that is the case with Hudson, the collective recording by the all-star, multi-generational quartet of drummer Jack DeJohnette, bassist Larry Grenadier, keyboardist John Medeski, and guitarist John Scofield. ...

Hudson is a modern update that harkens back -- in feel -- to the great Blue Note sessions of the '60s, when a group of jazz masters could come together to play good music and let off some steam. We need more records like this.” – AllMusic

 

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Mile Davis – Rubberband EP |  Warner Bros/Rhino

“In 1985, Miles Davis shocked the music world by moving from Columbia Records to Warner Bros. Records and started recording Rubberband. This album marked a radical departure for him, with funk and soul grooves, and was to include vocals by Al Jarreau and Chaka Khan. The album was subsequently shelved and Davis went on to record Tutu.

Rubberband’s title track has been updated and remixed by its producers, with vocals by R&B / jazz singer Ledisi. Randy Hall and Zane Giles also finished the original version for this exclusive 4-track Record Store Day EP. The cover artwork is a painting by Davis.” – Record Store Day website

“A previously unheard Miles Davis recording is set to be released for the first time. A project called ‘Rubberband of Life’ featuring Al Jarreau and Chaka Khan was shelved by Warner records in 1985; Miles ended up recording his Tutu album with Marcus Miller instead.

The music remained unfinished until a few months ago when the original producers (Randy Hall and Zane Giles) recruited Miles’s nephew Vince Wilburn Jr. and Grammy-winning singer Ledisi to complete the EP. A whole album release is on the cards for later this year.

“It was fat grooves, really funky, Miles talking. It was street and funky and dirty. We didn’t go after writing a great jazz song, Miles wanted the street thing; he wanted the chord changes he wanted to play. The basis was to take it to the street like ‘On The Corner’, it was Miles taking more chances,” said Hall.  Giles added, “Miles kept saying ‘I don’t wanna do my usual stuff. I wanna do something different.’”

The EP set to be released on Record Store Day – April 21, with an album sleeve featuring a painting by Miles Davis himself:” – JazzFM

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An Evening With Ornette Coleman, Part 2 | ORG Music

“An Evening With Ornette Coleman (Part 2) is taken from a 1965 concert at Fairfield Hall in Croydon, England. This album captures Coleman during a transitional period that showcases his experimentation with contemporary classical forms. The recordings have been released in various forms over the years, though the last US vinyl pressing is now over 40 years old. Presented as the second in a two part series, this reissue shines a new light on the fantastic recording from a world-renowned jazz great. Pressed on 180gram color vinyl at Pallas in Germany, this limited edition release features new artwork and is exclusive to Record Store Day 2018.” – Record Store Day website

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Thelonious Monk – Monk | Columbia

“Thelonious Monk's fourth studio album for Columbia Records, released in 1964, featured a sprightly mix of standards ("Just You, Just Me", "April In Paris") and originals ("Teo", a unique arrangement of "Children's Song (This Old Man)"). Monk would use this lineup (himself on piano, Charlie Rouse on tenor sax, Larry Gates on bass and Ben Riley on drums) in the studio and in concert for the next four years. To close Monk's centennial year, rediscover this overlooked gem in his discography, newly remastered at high resolution from the original master tapes.” – Record Store Day website

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A Madlib Classic Gets New Reissue

A Madlib Classic Gets New Reissue

Is it jazz? Is it hip hop? Madlib's classic genre-bending album Shades of Blue is set for a limited run reissue through Music On Vinyl

Released on Blue Note in 2003, the album had Madlib raiding the Blue Note vaults and sampling seminal records from the likes of Wayne Shorter, Donald Byrd, Bobby Hutcherson and more.

One of the finest albums in the sampling/cut-up range of hip hop, this run of vinyl will be pressed on blue/white wax, with the first 1,000 copies numbered as well.

Check out the full album below.

 

Ella Fitzgerald's Gershwin Songbooks To Be Reissued For Her 100th Birthday

Ella Fitzgerald's Gershwin Songbooks To Be Reissued For Her 100th Birthday

In honour of her centennial celebrations, Ella Fitzgerald's 1959 album with the Nelson Riddle OrchestraElla Fitzgerald Sings the George and Ira Gershwin Song Books, will be reissued in a spectacular 6 LP box set.

Born on 25th April 1917, Ella Fitzgerald is often regarded as one of the most important and influential jazz vocalists of all time, becoming highly synonymous with countless jazz standards.

Remastered by Ron McMaster at Capitol Studios in Hollywood where the album was originally recorded in 1959 under the supervision of Verve Records founder Norman Granz. The box set will consist of the original 5 LP album with a new 10-inch instrumental EP. Which includes orchestra tracks and additional session material, one of which is a mono alternate take of "Oh! Lady Be Good!" on vinyl for the first time ever. 

The set also includes replicas of the five lithographs by French impressionist painter Bernard Buffet and a hardcover book, Words And Music, which has been updated with additional historical information and an afterword by noted author David Ritz.

The box set will be released on 21st April.

Listen to the original album below.

Jazzman Records' Next Instalment In Spiritual Jazz Series Focuses On Islamic Jazz

Jazzman Records' Next Instalment In Spiritual Jazz Series Focuses On Islamic Jazz

The next instalment in Jazzman Records' deep and comprehensive Spiritual Jazz compilation series is set to feature jazz inspired by the Islamic faith during the era of 1957 - 1988.

Following the story of Islamic influence on notable public figures Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali who were strong proponents of African American liberation politics during the civil rights era. Which lead to many musicians converting to the spiritually charged Ahmadiyya school of Islam, which included several legendary jazz pioneers Kenny Clarke, Art Blakey, Ahmad Jamal and Yusef Lateef (who is featured on this compilation). Subsequently the music that was recorded drew heavily from Middle Eastern music, invoking the spiritual and esoteric sounds of Islamic Africa.

The compilation features feature tracks that have never been reissued before and is pressed on double vinyl.

Check out Yusef Lateef's 'Morning' off the compilation and full tracklist below.

Tracklist:
01. Maurice McIntyre - "Humility In The Light Of Creator"
02. Ritual Trio - "Africanos/Latinos"
03. Emmanuel Abdul-Rahim - "Kalahari Suite"
04. Creative Arts Ensemble - "Uhuru"
05. East New York Ensemble De Music - "Mevlana"
06. Idrees Sulieman - "The Camel"
07. Yusef Lateef - "Morning"
08. Sabu & Sahib Shihab - "Nus"
09. Abdelrahman 'Abdo' Elkhatib/Solar Plexus - "Ah Ya Zen"
10. The Lightmen - "All Praises To Allah" (parts 1 & 2)
11. Ahmed Abdul-Malik - "Nadusilma"
12. Dawan Muhammad - "Taumbu"

Rare Alice Coltrane Recordings To Be Released On New Compilation

Rare Alice Coltrane Recordings To Be Released On New Compilation

In its first instalment to a planned series of spiritual music from around the globe, David Byrne's Luaka Bop label will be releasing rare largely unheard recordings of Alice Coltrane. Titled World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda, the recordings were previously only available to her community on her 48-acre Sai Anantam Ashram just outside of Los Angeles.

Aided by Alice's children who retrieved the original master tapes from the Coltrane archives. The recordings were remastered by renowned jazz engineer Baker Bigsby (Ornette Coleman, Sun Ra, John Coltrane), who was present at the original sessions in the 80s and 90s. The compilation showcases Alice’s first vocal work to solo performances on her harp, small ensembles, and a 24-piece vocal choir. Drawing inspiration from Indian and Nepalese Vedic devotional songs, while never forgetting her bebop, blues and old-time spiritual roots, she creates a moving fusion of Western sensibilities and Eastern classicism.

The album features two additional tracks on vinyl and will be available on 5th May.

Check out her track 'Om Shanti' off the compilation and full tracklist below.

Tracklist:
01. Om Rama
02. Om Shanti
03. Rama Rama
04. Rama Guru
05. Hari Narayan
06. Journey to Satchidananda
07. Er Ra
08. Keshnava Murahara
09. Krisha Japaye*
10. Rama Katha*
* Available only on vinyl release

Soon To Be Reissued Is Jack Kerouac's Debut Album 'Poetry for the Beat Generation'

Soon To Be Reissued Is Jack Kerouac's Debut Album 'Poetry for the Beat Generation'

Famed beatnik writer Jack Kerouac's debut spoken word album Poetry for the Beat Generation will be reissued for the first time ever since its 1959 release via Real Gone Music.

The album will be pressed on black and white "beatnik smoke" vinyl limited to 900 copies. Featuring TV personality and musician Steve Allen on piano, the collaboration came about after Allen had rescued Kerouac from a disastrous first set at the Village Vanguard.

According to the label "the duo’s collaboration was so impressive that legendary engineer Bob Thiele brought them into the studio to record an album for Dot Records". With the entire album being recorded in just one session and one take for each song. However, Dot’s President Randy Wood rejected the album due to its then-daring language and subject matter. Leading Thiele to leave and start Hanover Records with Allen and subsequently release the record in 1959.

The album is set to be released on 7th April.

Check out the full album below:

New Reissue For Ahmad Jamal's Masterpiece 'The Awakening'

New Reissue For Ahmad Jamal's Masterpiece 'The Awakening'

For the first time in 20 years, Ahmad Jamal's highly influential and heavily sampled 1970 album The Awakening will be reissued by Be With Records.

The deep trio session was recorded in NYC and originally released on Impulse!, featuring masterful Zen like playing from Jamal which influenced the likes of Miles Davis and Wynton Kelly in their own performance on another landmark jazz album, Kind of Blue.

The album has also left an indelible mark on hip hop, becoming a sampling goldmine for some of the best tracks from its golden era. Tracks such as Nas' "The World Is Yours", Gang Starr's "DJ Premier In Deep Concentration" and Common's "Resurrection" would have sounded different if not for this record. 

For this edition, Be With Records presents a gatefold release with the stunning original artwork and liner notes true to the original package. Pressed on 180 gram vinyl with mastering by Simon Francis.

Release date set for the 24th of March.

Stream the full album below:

Sun Ra's Early Singles To Be Released In a Definitive 7" Box Set

Sun Ra's Early Singles To Be Released In a Definitive 7

Continuing the renewed interest in Sun Ra's works will be a definitive two volume 7" box set titled, Sun Ra Singles: The Definitive 45s Collection, collecting rare small quantity singles released between 1952 to 1991. The source of these discs were pulled from one-off magazine singles, posthumous releases and singles which have been discovered recently.

Sun Ra Singles: The Definitive 45s Collection will be released as two 10×7″ vinyl box sets, each limited to 500 copies, complete with single artwork and 28-page booklet.

Also available in two volumes of triple 12" LP gatefold editions, with the first volume spanning ’52-’61, and the second volume spanning ’62-’91, the release dates of both versions of the first volumes will be on 25th November and likewise the second volumes to follow in March 2017.

For more Sun Ra, check out our webstore and also our curator's pick album for starters, Sun Ra's To Those of Earth...And Other Worlds. Tracklist for the 7" box set as follows below. 

7" Box Set Tracklist

01. The Cosmic Rays With Sun Ra And Arkestra – Daddy’s Gonna Tell You No Lie
02. The Nu Sounds With Sun Ra And Arkestra – A Foggy Day
03. Sun Ra & The Cosmic Rays – Bye Bye
04. Sun Ra & The Cosmic Rays – Somebody’s In Love
05. Sun Ra & His Arkestra – Soft Talk
06. Sun Ra & His Arkestra – Super Blonde
07. Le Sun Ra & His Arkestra – Medicine For A Nightmare
08. Le Sun Ra & His Arkestra – Urnack
09. Le Sun Ra & His Arkestra – Saturn
10. Le Sun Ra & His Arkestra – Call For All Demons
11. Sun Ra & His Astro Infinity – October
12. Sun Ra & His Astro Infinity – Adventure In Space
13. The Cosmic Rays With Sun Ra And Arkestra – Dreaming
14. Sun Ra & The Cosmic Rays – Daddy’s Gonna Tell You No Lie
15. Le Sun Ra & His Arkestra – Hours After
16. Sun Ra & His Myth Science Arkestra – Great Balls Of Fire
17. Yochanan With Sun Ra & His Rays Of Jazz – M Uck M Uck (Matt Matt)
18. Yochanan With Sun Ra & His Rays Of Jazz – Hot Skillet Moma
19. Yochanan With Sun Ra & His Arkestra – Message To Earthman
10. Yochanan With Sun Ra & His Arkestra – The Sun One

Miles Davis' 'Kind of Blue' Still a Hit Sensation 57 Years After Its Release

Miles Davis' 'Kind of Blue' Still a Hit Sensation 57 Years After Its Release

Miles Davis' Kind of Blue, released on 17th August 1959 through Columbia Records, often regarded as the greatest jazz album of all time by critics and writers remains a hit sensation on vinyl charts 57 years after its release!

According to Billboard's September 24th vinyl album chartKind of Blue was ranked 6th among other modern contemporary albums such as Wilco's Schmilco, Radiohead's A Moon Shaped Pool and Michael Jackson's Thriller. Also in the week ending in September 15th in the US., 1,000 vinyl copies of Kind of Blue's Columbia Records/Legacy pressings were sold, as reported by Nielsen Music.

As reported by Billboard, Adam Block, president of Legacy Recordings reiterates that they've "made a concerted effort to keep both the idea of Miles and his greatness and Kind of Blue visible and accessible through every channel and platform available to us." Block cites Legacy's support of the "25-year, ongoing celebration" of Davis' work, the label's recent "reimagining" of Davis' work with Robert Glasper -- Everything's Beautiful, and the general "amplification of others' enthusiasm and support" of Davis as part of their ongoing effort.

"The fact that [Kind of Blue has] become thought of as 'the one jazz record everyone needs to own' also contributes to its remarkable sales at a time when there are so many new vinyl consumers building their collections."

Kind of Blue's hot streak isn't isolated to 2016 alone, where it has so far sold over 26,000 copies and is the 10th highest-selling vinyl album. In 2015, it finished as the 5th best-selling vinyl album (at 49,000), while in 2014 it was the 9th best (at 32,000).

"Miles Davis, and particularly Kind of Blue, have become a part of our cultural DNA," Block says. "That's, first and foremost, because of the kind of artist Miles was and the masterpiece Kind of Blue is -- and no one but Miles can take credit for that. Beneath that though is an ongoing determination here at Legacy not to miss opportunities to reinforce those two undeniable truths."

Check out Kind of Blue in store available as a 33rpm Mono reissue here and as a 2LP 45rpm Mobile Fidelity reissue here. Also listen to Kind of Blue below.

Source: Billboard

Jazz-Funk Soundtrack To Stan Douglas' 'Luanda-Kinshasa' Pressed To Wax

Jazz-Funk Soundtrack To Stan Douglas' 'Luanda-Kinshasa' Pressed To Wax

The Vinyl Factory has released the jazz, funk and afro-beat influenced soundtrack to Stan Douglas' 'Luanda-Kinshasa'. Part of The Infinite Mix exhibition, the video was shot like a documentary film on a replica set crafted to resemble Columbia Records’ legendary New York studio The Church.

According to The Vinyl Factory, "Stan Douglas’s Luanda-Kinshasa depicts a fictional 1970s jazz-funk band engaged in a seemingly endless real-time jam. The band’s music echoes the then-current confluence of American jazz, funk and Afrobeat – a musical fusion made possible, as the video’s title indirectly implies, by the emerging independence and rising profile of African nations.

As the camera appears to seamlessly circle around the studio, the sound mix highlights whichever musician it lingers on, enhancing the impression that we are watching a live performance. But the band’s improvisation is actually a construction: intricately remixed by Douglas in the editing room, it extends through over six hours of ‘alternate takes’ created by recombining various shots and accompanying sections of music. Conjuring a never-ending sequence of variations, Luanda-Kinshasa conjures a vision of culture as a potentially ‘infinite mix.’"

Pressed on double heavyweight vinyl, packaged in a gatefold sleeve with two printed inner sleeves which also features 'The Eye of the Trumpet' an essay by renowned German author and music journalist Diedrich Diederichsen.

Check out a short excerpt below.

Source: VF Editions Shop, The Vinyl Factory

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