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NEW JAZZ CDS

"Beyond Words" Bobby Mcferrin Our price: $14.99 | You save: $2.99
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"Beyond Words" is the oh-so-appropriate title for Bobby McFerrin's latest effort. With wordless vocals, some sprightly piano playing by Chick Corea, and plenty of smooth bass lines from Richard Bona, McFerrin delivers a fusion album that's about as far from "Don't Worry, Be Happy" as imaginable. Added bonus: pre-order the disc today and you'll receive a digital stream of the whole album.

"My Passion for the Piano" Arturo Sandoval Our price: $14.99 | You save: $3.99
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Trumpeter Arturo Sandoval takes a break from his horn duties on "My Passion for the Piano." Sandoval's skills on the ivories are impressive, and his meditative themes always seem to segue back to Latin rhythms. This is a nice collection of tunes that won't disappoint Sandoval's growing legion of fans.

"Flyin the Koop" Stanton Moore Our price: $13.99 | You save: $4.99
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Stanton Moore's funky drumming is a huge part of what makes jam-band Galactic so entrancing. On the wild "Flyin' the Koop," the percussionist gets to shake things up even more, with help from Karl Denson, Chris Wood, and others. A fun disc.

"Toots Thielemans & Kenny Werner" Toots Thielemans & Kenny Werner Our price: $14.99 | You save: $3.99
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Simply titled and wonderfully eclectic, "Toots Thielemans & Kenny Werner" features bluesy harmonica and keyboard duets of songs made famous by Bill Evans, Chick Corea, Michel Legrand, and Frank Sinatra. Somehow, Toots and Kenny also manage to squeeze in a Bach composition, Charlie Chaplin's "Smile," and a Disney medley.

GREAT JAZZ VOCALS

"Come Away with Me" Norah Jones Our price: $9.98
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At 22, Norah Jones has already perfected the art of mood music. "Come Away with Me" features soulful, genre-defying arrangements of Hank Williams's "Cold Cold Heart," Hoagy Carmichael's "The Nearness of You," and a handful of originals. A wonderful debut.

"I Wish You Love" Janis Siegel Our price: $14.99 | You save: $2.99
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Manhattan Transfer vocalist Janis Siegel pays tribute to some of her favorite jazz and pop tunes on "I Wish You Love," and the result is an entertaining and timeless album. Whether singing the Charles Trenet-penned title track or "Mr. Sandman," Siegel and company (including Cedar Walton, Bill Ware, and David "Fathead" Newman) sound like they just finished a run at the coolest cabaret in town.

"But Beautiful" Jimmy Scott Our price: $14.49 | You save: $1.49
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Is there anything more anticipated by fans of jazz vocals than the next Jimmy Scott record? On "But Beautiful," Scott works his trademark high-and-mighty vocals on "It Had to Be You," "I'll Be Seeing You," and "When You Wish Upon a Star" (as a duet with Freddy Cole!). Pianist Renee Rosnes does the bulk of the piano and arranging duties. Scott lovers won't be disappointed.

GRAMMY 2002 BEST CONTEMPORARY JAZZ ALBUM

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"M2 (M Squared) [IMPORT]" Miller,Marcus Our price: $14.99 | You save: $2.99
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Marcus Miller has been long heralded for his studio work, but with "M2" we really get to hear the multitalented bassist on his own terms. From the Talking Heads' "Burning Down the House" to Mingus's "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat," Marcus (and his army of awesome guest stars) shows his versatility on a bunch of funky, soulful arrangements. A great album and a fitting winner.

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Marcus Miller. The more we hear "M2," the more we love it. And with guests including Wayne Shorter, Maceo Parker, and Chaka Khan, we're pretty sure there's something here for every jazz (and soul) fan.

BEST JAZZ VOCAL ALBUM

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"The Calling" Dianne Reeves Our price: $13.99 | You save: $2.99
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Dianne Reeves's moving tribute to Sarah Vaughan, "The Calling," is a labor of love that both critics and fans admire. And the tunes chosen for this impressive effort--"Lullaby of Birdland," "Embraceable You," "Send in the Clowns"--are nearly as memorable as Reeves's vocal delivery.

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"You're My Thrill" Shirley Horn Our price: $14.99 | You save: $2.99
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The jazz vocals category was filled with great discs (including Karrin Allyson, Mose Allison, and Kurt Elling), but we think Shirley Horn's "Your My Thrill" deserved top honors. Horn player and arranger Johnny Mandel has come up with a classic: a great collection of romantic ballads and blues.

BEST JAZZ INSTRUMENTAL SOLO

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"Nearness of You" Michael Brecker Our price: $14.99 | You save: $2.99
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Michael Brecker's "The Nearness of You" is subtitled "The Ballad Book," and for good reason. This collection of soft-hued tunes features Brecker on sax and a bunch of heavyweight guests, including Pat Metheny, Jack DeJohnette, Herbie Hancock, and Charlie Haden.

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"Live at Yoshi's" Pat Martino Our price: $13.99 | You save: $3.99
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Pat Martino's "Live at Yoshi's" is filled with more great solos (from guitarist Martino, Hammond organist Joey DeFrancesco, and drummer Billy Hart) than any jazz album deserves. This is a fiery disc that will appeal to any jazz-guitar lover.

BEST JAZZ INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM, INDIVIDUAL, OR GROUP

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Sonny Rollins has practically built a career on arranging the unexpected, and on "This Is What I Do," the sax legend doesn't disappoint. Hints of calypso, pop, Latin jazz, and gospel weave their way through this impressive effort.

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"Live at Yoshi's" Pat Martino Our price: $13.99 | You save: $3.99
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Again, for their sheer power and impressive improv skills, we'd give our Grammy to Pat Martino and company for "Live at Yoshi's." Simply put, a great record.

BEST LATIN JAZZ ALBUM

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"Nocturne" Charlie Haden & Gonzalo Rubalcaba Our price: $13.99 | You save: $3.99
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Charlie Haden's sublime "Nocturne" won top honors here, and no wonder; this is a Latin jazz disc that strives for feeling, not grooves. Haden takes a handful of quiet ballads and transforms them into something special using little more than bass, drums, and piano.

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"Los Hombres Calientes Vol.3 [IMPORT]" Los Hombres Calientes Our price: $13.99 | You save: $2.99
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For the sheer variety of their tunes and the spirited nature of their playing, Los Hombres Calientes' "New Congo Square" is a must-have disc. These New Orleans rhythm masters don't just focus on Cuban jazz, they island hop to the sounds of Jamaica too, creating a disc that truly shows the many influences that go into the creation of jazz.

"A New Hot One [IMPORT]" David Krakauer Our price: $16.97
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Klezmer clarinetist David Krakauer has always blurred musical boundaries, but the electrifying "A New Hot One" takes the cake. Soulful, extremely melodic, and at times downright fiery, this disc walks a fine line between traditional klezmer tunes and all-out jazz improvisation. A glorious disc.

"Live at Yoshi's [LIVE]" Pat Martino Our price: $14.99 | You save: $2.98
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Guitarist Pat Martino, organist Joey DeFrancesco, and drummer Billy Hart create the jazz concert disc of the year with "Live at Yoshi's." Fun and funky.

"Freefall" Kenny Barron & Regina Carter Our price: $14.99 | You save: $2.98
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The formula to "Freefall" is simple enough--a folksy jazz duet album featuring pianist Kenny Barron and violinist Regina Carter. But the chemistry between these two jazz talents, slightly reminiscent of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, is simply astounding.

"Bill Frisell with Dave Holland and Elvin Jones" Bill Frisell/Elvin Jones/Dave Holland Our price: $13.99 | You save: $3.98
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The title may be boring, but the music contained on "Bill Frisell with Dave Holland and Elvin Jones" is pure bliss, an exotic mix of jazz guitar, Americana themes, and subtle electronics. Frisell's music is typically all over the map, but this disc--with its all-star rhythm section--is focused and consistent.

"You're My Thrill" Shirley Horn Our price: $14.99 | You save: $2.98
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With arranger Johnny Mandel at her side, Shirley Horn created our favorite vocals disc of the year, "You're My Thrill." Bluesy, sultry, and quite simply, thrilling.

RECENT RELEASES...

"Inside Out" Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette Our price: $13.99 | You save: $3.98
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Pianist Keith Jarrett, bassist Gary Peacock, and drummer Jack DeJohnette have been playing together for years, so it's no surprise that "Inside Out" is a consistent effort. This disc features great, melodic improvising, that trademark ECM spacious sound, and wonderful solo turns.

"Crossing" Dave Brubeck Our price: $12.99 | You save: $3.98
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Hard to believe, but pianist Dave Brubeck--now in his 80s--still keeps a rigorous tour and recording schedule. On "The Crossing," his legendary quartet's latest CD, the keyboardist shares the spotlight with saxophonist Bobby Militello. There's nothing groundbreaking on this voyage, but there are plenty of pretty, original compositions and the playing is superb.

"Tuesdays in Chinatown" Andy Bey Our price: $14.99 | You save: $2.98
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Like Jimmy Scott, there's just something about Andy Bey's vocals that makes them instantly recognizable and downright magical. On "Tuesdays in Chinatown," he proves he may be the only jazz vocalist around capable of making Sting's "Fragile" and Bix Beiderbecke's "In a Mist" sound like they belong on the same album. A must for romantics.

"Intersections: Jazz Meets the Symphony, No. 5" Lalo Schifrin Our price: $14.49 | You save: $1.48
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Lalo Schifrin has long been at the forefront of third-stream music, the subgenre where the spirit and energy of jazz is combined with elements of classical music. "Intersections: Jazz Meets the Symphony, No. 5" features Schifrin backed by the WDR Rundfunkorchester of Cologne, Christian McBride, and a handful of other powerhouse performers. He rearranges Coltrane's "Naima," explores a few original tunes, and gives ample evidence that when it comes to some jazz lineups, bigger is better.

More Recent Releases...

"You Are #6" Don Byron Our price: $14.99 | You save: $2.98
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Don Byron created a jazz classic with "Music for Six Musicians," so it's great to see the clarinetist return to the concept for "You Are #6." Great solo turns from Byron, trumpeter James Zollar, and pianist Edsel Gomez result in plenty of angular, Latin-themed jams. Fun and festive.

"Bill Frisell with Dave Holland and Elvin Jones" Bill Frisell/Elvin Jones/Dave Holland Our price: $13.99 | You save: $3.98
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Guitarist Bill Frisell takes a brief break from his Americana-themed discs with "Bill Frisell with Dave Holland and Elvin Jones." Frisell's trademark guitar technique--contemplative, yet lyrical--is here, but things are livened up by the legends in the rhythm section. It's a great Frisell disc and one of the best jazz albums of the year.

"Plays John Coltrane-Live at The Village Vanguard" Mccoy Tyner Our price: $14.99 | You save: $3.98
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McCoy Tyner's takes on the compositions of Coltrane don't bowl you over, but the pianist still puts a lot of energy into the music of his former boss on the live "Plays John Coltrane." Whether playing up the long, lyrical lines of "Naima" or going at it with all-out energy on "Moment's Notice," Tyner proves he's still among jazz's greats.

"Light Made Lighter" Craig Taborn Our price: $14.99 | You save: $1.98
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Pianist Craig Taborn is best known for his work with James Carter. His second outing, "Light Made Lighter," captures that wild, JC-inspired energy perfectly. Backed by Chris Lightcap on bass and Gerald Cleaver on drums, Taborn inventively plays with textures and tempos, swaying between moments of tenderness and wild virtuosity. The result is an adventurous jazz disc that nearly anyone can appreciate.

NEW BOX SETS

"The Complete In a Silent Way Sessions [BOX SET]" Miles Davis Our price: $47.47 | You save: $2.50
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"Live Trane: The European Tours [BOX SET] [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED]" John Coltrane Our price: $96.27 | You save: $10.70
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"Army Air Force Band [BOX SET]" Glenn Miller Our price: $60.77 | You save: $3.20
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JAZZ CROONERS

"Standard Time" Steve Tyrell Our price: $13.99 | You save: $4.98
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Steve Tyrell is a throwback to the golden days of vocal crooners. His voice isn't perfect--it's a tad rough and slightly understated--but his timing and sentiment are near perfect, and his repertoire can't be beat. The appropriately titled "Standard Time" is a rewarding collection of American songs featuring Tyrell backed by a stellar jazz band. Jane Monheit guests.

"30" Harry Connick Jr. Our price: $13.28 | You save: $5.69
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"Songs I Heard" Harry Connick Jr. Our price: $13.28 | You save: $5.69
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NEW SMOOTH AND CONTEMPORARY JAZZ

"Ride" Boney James Our price: $13.99 | You save: $3.98
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"A Smooth Jazz Christmas" Dave Koz & Friends Our price: $13.99 | You save: $3.98
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"Aart" Acoustic Alchemy Our price: $13.99 | You save: $3.98
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"In Montreal [LIVE]" Charlie Haden & Egberto Gismonti Our price: $14.99 | You save: $2.98
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Forget about any notion of genres or musical boundaries, as bassist Charlie Haden and guitarist Egberto Gismonti seem to defy all of them. "In Montreal" could be easily classified as jazz, classical guitar, or even folk, but, whatever it is, it's great. Gismonti's excellent playing steals the show.

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH

"1935 Transcriptions" Fats Waller Our price: $5.97
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Fats Waller's mid-'30s output included some of the finest stride piano recordings ever made. And Naxos's disc featuring Waller's "1935 Transcriptions" has to be one of the best collections of his recordings (not to mention, one of the cheapest) available. Waller sounds like he's having a ball on these superb radio transcriptions, briefly introducing each tune before plowing through them with his lightening-fast technique. Timeless stuff.

From 2001....

"Future 2 Future" Herbie Hancock
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"Future 2 Future" may get billed as a Herbie Hancock record, but producer Bill Laswell deserves just as much credit on this electronica-fueled release. Hancock has never been afraid to tackle new sounds, and here, aided by Wayne Shorter, Charnett Moffett, Jack DeJohnette, and special guests Chaka Khan, Rob Swift, and Carl Craig, he creates a lively jazz-meets-dance-floor fusion.

"Tijuana Moods" Charles Mingus
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Charles Mingus's 1957 musical vision of the streets of Tijuana-- "Tijuana Moods" --has long been considered one of the bassist's finest moments. Expect plenty of castanet action and great solo turns from trumpeter Clarence Shaw and saxophonist Shafi Hadi (Curtis Porter) on this essential reissue.

"Super Bass, Vol. 2" Ray Brown
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Bass recitals aren't exactly commonplace, but when Ray Brown, Christian McBride, and John Clayton get together to record as Superbass, the results are worth hearing. "Superbass 2" features the threesome in the live setting of the Blue Note in NYC. The lyricism of their bass playing (not to mention the sheer virtuosity) is astounding.

"Kindred" Stefon Harris/Jacky Terrasson
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Jacky Terrasson and Stefon Harris are an unlikely duo, but on "Kindred," the pianist and vibraphonist sound like they've played together forever. They really shine on the standards ("My Foolish Heart," "Summertime," "What Is This Thing Called Love"), where Harris's vibes are brimming with nervous energy.

"Swingin' for Schuur" Diane Schuur & Maynard Ferguson
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You can expect plenty of standards on any effort that combines the talents of Diane Schuur and swing bandleader Maynard Ferguson. But there's nothing standard about the high-energy delivery they bring (along with the Big Bop Nouveau Band) to "Swingin' for Schuur." A fun disc.

COLTRANE TURNS 75

"Spiritual (75th Anniversary)" John Coltrane
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Some of Coltrane's most memorable compositions showcased the saxophonist's spiritual side. "Spiritual" includes the Coltrane benchmarks "Dear Lord," "Song of Praise," and the first part of "A Love Supreme." A stirring release of timeless music.

"The Oltunji Concert: The Last Live Recording [LIVE]" John Coltrane
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It's hard not to be moved when listening to John Coltrane's final live recording, "Olatunji Concert." Recorded in April 1967, this set features just two furious tracks--"Ogunde" and "My Favorite Things"--that are both stretched out to their improvisatory limits (each tune clocks in at around a half hour). One of Coltrane's most impressive, and wild, live dates.

GREAT BOX SETS

"Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday on Columbia (1933-1944) [BOX SET]" Billie Holiday
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For the Billie Holiday completist, the 10-CD "Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday on Columbia (1933-1944)" may be the perfect holiday gift. The collection features alternate takes, great packaging, and some incredible music with Ellington, Teddy Wilson, and others.

"Self Portrait [BOX SET] [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED]" Artie Shaw
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Still going strong at 91, swing clarinetist and big-band leader Artie Shaw gets a much-deserved box set in the form of "Self Portrait." Shaw was a constant innovator, and the tracks heard on this five-CD set, dating from the mid-'30s to the 1950s, showcase his finest recordings across numerous record labels. Wonderful stuff.

CUTTING-EDGE JAZZ

"Saints" Marc Ribot
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"Saints" has to be one of guitarist Marc Ribot's most interesting efforts. This solo jazz-guitar CD features a Beatles cover, a take on "St. James Infirmary," and a few standards, to boot. Not for everyone, but it features fascinating material and a diverse array of playing styles from Ribot.

"Witness" Dave Douglas
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Trumpeter Dave Douglas continues to break new ground on "Witness." With his 10-piece ensemble (and special guest Tom Waits on the epic "Mahfouz"), Douglas creates a meditative, complex, and challenging work in celebration of the world's political activists.

NEW SMOOTH AND CONTEMPORARY JAZZ

"Glow" Peter White
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Smooth-jazz guitarist Peter White turns in one of his finest efforts in years with "Glow." Rick Braun and Dave Koz guest.

"Urban Knights 4" Urban Knights
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This is the fourth effort from Ramsey Lewis's Urban Knights, and the appropriately titled "Urban Knights IV," showcases the great trumpet playing of Chicago-based Ron Haynes. More smooth-jazz CDs
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BARGAIN OF THE MONTH

"The Early Years: 1930-34 [BOX SET] [IMPORT]" Cab Calloway
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Once again, JSP Records delivers one of the finest bargains in jazz box sets. The label's just-released four-CD box set featuring the early music of Cab Calloway is essential listening to anyone who has fallen for the voice behind "Minnie the Moocher." Great remastering, fun music, and a price that can't be beat!

BLUE NOTE

Whether you're looking for classic albums by Powell, Monk, and Blakey, or discs by modern jazzers such as Greg Osby and Kurt Elling, you'll find some of the best jazz albums of all time in our Blue Note Store.
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