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London Jazz Festival at the 606 Club

in association with Yamaha UK

Friday 12th-Sunday 21st November

Friday 12th           9:30pm – 1:30am   Ian Shaw & Juliet roberts  -  “SOUL SPECIAL – aretha, ray and beyond”

This evening two of the finest UK vocal stylists Ian Shaw and Juliet Roberts get together to bring to the 606 Club a show that Ian describes as “an affectionate tribute to the great Soul and R&B singers, from Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles to Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder”.
Ian Shaw.  Named Best Vocalist of the year twice(!) at the BBC Jazz Awards, multi Award Winning Ian Shaw is a huge talent with the most engaging personality and an ability to make every song his own. Described as “the voice of the decade” it is not by chance that he was the first British Jazz vocalist to be signed to an American label, Milestone, which resulted in a number of highly acclaimed US recordings. Although known these days as one of the finest male Jazz singers in Europe tonight Ian will be going back to his “roots” to perform some classic R&B and Soul with his great friend  JULIET ROBERTS. Juliet signed her first record deal at the age of 15 and in the two decades since has worked with such artists as Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Kahn and Courtney Pine. The featured singer with the classic 80’s band Working Week Juliet moved in to the 90’s as a highly successful “Dance” and Garage artist. However she never lost her Jazz/Soul roots and continued to work in both the Jazz and “Dance” fields. In more recent times she has focused more on her Jazz and original work and a number of collaborations with Dune founder and bassist Gary Crosby led to the recent production of her highly successful, largely self-penned, album “Beneath The Surface”. This gig promises to be both exciting and great fun. Booking recommended.

“Ian of the scene's class acts..”
The Guardian

Ian Shaw… an eye-watering vocal range and bucketloads of soul” BBC

“Juliet Roberts….one of the most majestic soul, gospel and jazz inspired voices on the UK circuit”
The Guardian      £15

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Saturday 13th           9:30pm – 1:30am      CLARK TRACEY “OLD AND NEW”

Clark is an excellent, highly experienced, Award winning drummer/bandleader/ composer/arranger. Originally featured with the band of his father, Stan (see Mon 15th), Clark has gone on to establish himself in his own right as one of the country’s leading modern jazz drummers. As a drummer he includes work with the likes of Johnny Griffin, Pharaoh Sanders, Scott Hamilton, Ronnie Scott and Kenny Wheeler. He has recorded over 90 albums (9 as a leader) and performed in around 50 countries. He has been awarded "Best Drums" title three times in the British Jazz Awards and Ronnie Scott's Award for “Best Drums” in 2007. As a bandleader he can boast some of the finest musicians in the UK have passed through his ranks including the likes of Guy Barker, Nigel Hitchcock, Dave O'Higgins, Mark Nightingale, Mornington Lockett, Julian Arguelles, Gerard Presencer, Alec Dankworth and and Zoe Rahman. As well as composing and arranging for his own group he has composed for the Berkshire Youth Jazz Orchestra and the Appleby Festival big band and written string quartet arrangements for vocalists Claire Martin & Joan Viskant. The band Clark is leading tonight will feature Special Guests selected from the bands he has led over the last 20 years. So expect some great players, some great playing and some truly swinging music.

“… of the most impressive jazz drummers in Britain today” The Times                                                               


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Sunday 14th  “SUNDAY LUNCHTIME SPECIAL”           (1:00pm-4:00pm) IN CONVERSATION with FRAN LANDESMAN
featuring SIMON WALLACE-piano, DAVE GREEN-bass and Special Guests SARAH MOULE-vocals, MILES LANDESMAN-guitar and Radio Presenter HELEN MAYHEW.

An iconic figure in the world of Jazz and poetry for almost 60 years, Fran has established a reputation as a fiercely creative, humorous and provocative writer and performer. Born in New York in 1927 by the early fifties Fran was part of the highly successful cabaret club The Crystal Palace in St Louis. The Palace soon became the “hip” cultural centre of what was to become known as the “Beat” generation. It was at this time that Fran started writing lyrics to songs the most famous of which is still played throughout the world to this day, the mesmeric ballad “Spring Can Really Hang you Up The Most”. Fran (and husband Jay) re-located to London in the mid sixties where she continued to write lyrics for well known Jazz musicians as well as for shows. The result is a catalogue of more than 600 songs, which combine the urbane, hip perspective of the Beat Generation with the harmonic nuance, melodic gesture and rhythmic attitude of jazz. In the 70’s Fran turned her attention to writing poetry as well as lyrics and continues to do so to this day.  Since the late 80’s she has collaborated with the wonderful UK pianist Simon Wallace who regularly performs and records her material with the marvellous singer Sarah Moule. Her attitude to life was beautifully summed up on her appearance on the BBC Radio show Desert Island Discs at the age of 70 when, as her luxury item, she requested “…an inexhaustible supply of marijuana!”

Accompanied by pianist Simon Wallace and bass player Dave Green this show combines Sarah Moule’s acclaimed interpretations of these songs with Fran reciting, singing and talking to the highly acclaimed Radio presenter and jazz journalist Helen Mayhew about her fascinating relationship with the world of jazz. She remembers some of the remarkable people she came to know along the way, including the likes of  Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Lenny Bruce, Gerry Mulligan and Carmen McRae. A rare chance to see and hear this icon of modern jazz lyricists. Highly recommended.

“In lyricist Fran Landesman and composer Simon Wallace Britain has one of the finest songwriting partnerships alive. Landesman is the poet laureate of the borderland between urban hipness and emotional insecurity. Wallace’s melodies match the form and mood of the words to perfection”
The Observer

“Landesman’s eye for humor and life’s dark corners is as sharp as eve,Wallace is always on hand with a crisp phrase or an unexpected turn of melody... they make an imposing team” The Times                                                                            


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Sunday 14th Evening          8:30pm – 11:00pm    Liane Carroll **Winner BBC Jazz Awards 2005/6**.”Parliamentary Jazz Awards Musician of The year 2008”. 

The first artist ever to win two BBC Jazz Awards in the same year, for ‘Best Vocalist’ and ‘Best of Jazz”, Liane is a multi award winning dynamic vocalist and pianist whose amazing talent has been captivating audiences around the world. She is recognised as one of the finest singer/pianists on the scene, working with the likes of Gerry Rafferty, Ladysmith Black Mombazo and Paul McCartney and has been a featured performer at the Glastonbury Festival. Her albums on Splash Point records have been received with universal acclaim and led to an hour long “special” on BBC TV featuring her performance at the Brecon Jazz Festival. A world class performer her powerful, blues tinged, voice combined with strong piano playing and exciting infectious material, not to mention a wicked sense of humour, make this a truly remarkable gig.

“..swinging like hell one minute, brutally expressive and heartbreakingly tender the next….utterly brilliant” Time Out
"A jazz force to be reckoned with…the real thing" The Independent
“ class” Guardian
“..deeply soulful” The Times
“..fizzing with creative energy” The Observer
“…unswerving honesty and molten intensity…burningly expressive” Jazzwise.

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THE PAT CRUMLY BURSARY FOR YOUNG JAZZ MUSICIANS 2010.  In the summer of 2010 Liane and pianist Julian Joseph were judges at Yamaha’s “Jazz Experience” Competition held at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival for young bands of musicians under the age of 19. As part of the gig tonight Liane and Julian will be presenting an Award to the most promising young musician from that collection of bands from all over the country. The winner of the Award will also be asked to join Liane and Julian on the stand for a number (or two!). This Award has been made in memory of one of the finest saxophonist the UK has produced, the wonderful Pat Crumly who sadly passed away in 2008.  A great friend of the Club and a stalwart of the UK scene for many years this Bursary, which will enable a young musician to further their musical studies, is a fitting tribute to a great player.

Booking advised.    £12


Monday 15th            8:30pm – 12:00midnight   *******STAN TRACEY *******

Featuring Andy Cleyndert and Clark Tracey with Special Guest BOBBY WELLINS

On the 8th of May 1965 four British Jazz musicians, pianist Stan Tracey, saxophonist Bobby Wellins, bass player Jeff Clyne and drummer Jackie Dougan, walked in to Lansdowne Studios in Bayswater and by the end of the day had produced one of the finest Jazz albums of any generation. Inspired by Dylan Thomas’s radio play “Under Milk Wood” pianist Stan Tracey had written a suite of music that was to become legendary. Tracks such as “Cockle Row”, “Starless and Bible Black” and “Llaregubb” were played to perfection by the quartet and were to not only go on and inspire a whole new generation of musicians but also to contribute to “Under Milk Wood” becoming one of the biggest selling UK Jazz albums of all time. 45 years on and the music is still as fresh as the day it was written and two of the main players from that day, Stan and Bobby, are still producing great music so we thought it was a good time to celebrate the making of that iconic record.

Multi award winning pianist Stan Tracey has been a pivotal figure on the British Jazz scene for more than 50 years. His influence and stature were nicely captured by the title of the recent BBC TV profile, “The Godfather of British Jazz”. A self taught musician by the early 60’s he was the “house” pianist at the original Ronnie Scott’s Club, in Soho. During this period he worked with many of the finest Jazz musicians in the world, establishing an international reputation in the process. Through the 60’s he produced a number of highly acclaimed works, including the “Under Milk Wood” suite and “Alice in Jazzland”. He embraced the turbulent era of 70s improvisation and free jazz, and throughout the 1980s and 90s his triumphant career as an interpreter, arranger and composer earned him the affectionate title of “The English Ellington”. Stan continues to write and work extensively, and it is with enormous pleasure that the 606 Club welcomes one of the greatest British Jazz musicians of all time.

“Stan of the greats of British Jazz”
The Guardian

Bobby Wellins is considered to be one of the icons of British modern jazz. Originally from Glasgow, Bobby featured in numerous high profile bands throughout the 60’s and early 70’s developing a style that was instantly recognizable. After taking a sabbatical from the music for 7 years, Bobby came back in the early eighties to lead the Charlie Watts Big band, as well as a number of small groups which re-established him as one of the finest melodic saxophonists in the world. His gentle sound and approach are unique, and make for a fine and highly enjoyable nights listening.

“..impeccable control, combined with a rich, luxuriant,  tone” The Scotsman
"A masterful display of controlled sensitivity from one of the most original voices in European Jazz " The Sunday Times.                                               

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Tuesday 16th           7:30pm – 12:00midnight            JASON YARDE - “DUO & TRIO”

Jason first came to prominence in the late 80’s, at the age of 16, playing saxophone with the seminal band the Jazz Warriors. He went on to arrange and MD for this classic band before gaining a BA (Hons) from Middlesex University. Since then he has established himself as not only an impressive and fluent player but also as a highly regarded Musical Director, Composer and Arranger. As a player he includes work with the likes of Afro Blok, Mano Ventura's Noh Ground, Phil Robson 8tet, Nikki Yoeh's Infinitum+ as well as with his own band, the multi award winning “j-life”. He has performed with the big bands of McCoy Tyner, Roy Ayers, Andrew Hill, Hermeto Pascoal, Sam Rivers Hugh Masekela/Jazz Jamaica Allstars and Manu Dibango, arranging and directing the latter 2 projects for the Barbican Centre. As a record producer he has worked extensively for Jazz label Dune Records with artists such as Juliet Roberts, Denys Baptist and Soweto Kinch and most recently he worked on the debut CD by pianist Gwilym Simcock for Basho records. As well as composing for his own projects Jason has written for dance, music theatre, opera and TV. After working with the London Symphony Orchestra through the Panufnik Young Composers scheme they were so impressed that they invited Jason back in 2007 to arrange the music for Hugh Masekela’s first ever LSO concert. He then became a UBS Soundscapes composer with the Orchestra and most recently a commission for the BBC Concert Orchestra received its world premier at the 2008 Proms. ‘'s fascinating to witness how seamlessly Yarde's writing and improvising intertwine... Swing, hip-hop, improv, you name it, he can make it all sound as if it was meant to live together, and he's getting better at it all the time…’  The Guardian. Tonight Jason will be featured in two of his favourite contexts as a performer, with the “McCormack/Yarde” Duo and then his “Trio WAH!”.

The first set will feature Jason’s collaboration with one of the country’s finest pianists, the award winning Andrew McCormack. Andrew launched his solo career in 2006 with his debut album, 'Telescope', which was received witth great critical acclaim and led to him receiving the BBC Jazz Award for ‘Rising Star’ of 2006. Andrew has performed with numerous distinguished jazz musicians, including Randy Brecker, Courtney Pine, Tony Remy and Christine Tobin and is currently a pivotal player in both the Jean Toussaint quartet and the Kyle Eastwood Band. As well as a fluent and exciting player Andrew is also a rising composer and arranger including a major commission from the London Symphony Orchestra for a Barbican concert in 2009 and contributions to the score and orchestrations of 3 of Clint Eastwood’s most recent films. The music of the Duo is described as “a perfect synthesis of the two player’s diverse musical backgrounds, creating an exciting and unique musical style.  At times lyrical with controlled poise, the pace can snap to white hot with raw energy and spontaneity.” “The partnership between Yarde....and McCormack is so unmistakably fuelled by the reflexive spirit of jazz as to impart a conversational glow to the whole enterprise.... It's a wonderful jazz conversation” The Guardian.

“TRIO WAH!” The second of Jason’s collaborations tonight features his Trio with bassist Larry Bartley and drummer Mike Pickering. In contrast to his award winning orchestral writing “Trio WAH!” is a chance to hear Jason’s playing and compositions in an intimate and stripped down setting. Over the 15 or so years since Jason, Larry and Mike first played together they have developed a fluid trio connection covering greatly varied musical terrain. From tight and constantly shifting rhythmic patterns to free flowing rhapsodic episodes Trio WAH! can cover the calm and the storm within a few bars. Great stuff!

‘The group modulates easily from spacious post-bop to dirty grooves via Ornetts-ish noise, showing a creative approach to form…’ Jazzwise                                                



Wednesday 17th           7:30pm – 12:00 midnight              MARK NIGHTINGALE/NIGEL HITCHCOCK QUINTET - "Out of The Box"

Mark Nightingale is widely considered to be one of the finest Jazz trombonists in Europe. A World Class player he won the coveted Don Lusher Award at the age of fifteen and by sixteen was already lead trombonist in the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. After graduating from Trinity College of Music in the late 80’s he rapidly established himself as one of the UK’s busiest studio musicians as well as a highly respected Jazz soloist. He has worked and recorded with the likes of Sting, Tom Jones, Henry Mancini, Michel Legrand and Frank Sinatra and as a soloist has appeared alongside Jazz luminaries such as Clark Terry, Bill Holman, Slide Hampton, James Morrison and Ray Brown. As well as leading his own quartet and Big Band Mark is currently to be heard with Cleo Laine and John Dankworth, the Charlie Watts Ten-tet, Stan Tracey’s “Ellingtonia”, the Kenny Wheeler Big Band and the Andy Panayi Quartet. Nigel Hitchcock is unquestionably one of the finest saxophonists of his generation. This multi-award winning musician was lead alto with the NYJO at the age 12, graduating to busy professional session musician by the time he was 16. He has been a featured player with some of the finest musicians in the World, including work with the likes of Ray Charles, Tom Jones and Robbie Williams and Jazz musicians such as Stan Tracey and Claire Martin. In more recent years he has also added composing and arranging to his accomplishments, including works for full-scale orchestra. A fantastic post-bop player his remarkable technique and ferocious attack make him one of the most impressive saxophonists in Europe.

Tonight the quintet will be playing Mark’s original music and arrangements from his latest CD, just released on Woodville Records, “Out of The Box”. Also featured tonight is the (not surprisingly!) World Class rhythm section of Graham Harvey (Stacey Kent, George Benson)-piano, Laurence Cottle (Bill Bruford, Claire Martin)-bass and Ian Thomas (Eric Clapton, Natalie Cole)-drums.

“Nigel Hitchcock……powerful and individual saxophonist”
agile player Mark Nightingale….one of the UK's leading trombonists” Guardian         



Thursday  18th             8:30pm – 12:00 midnight TIM GARLAND AND FRIENDS.

TIM GARLAND’s powerful and distinctive sax playing made a serious impression on the British Jazz scene when he first appeared with the likes of John Dankworth and Kenny Wheeler. He then went on to establish himself as a major voice on the local scene with his Jazz/Folk fusion band “Lammas”, but it was when he first went on the road with Chick Corea’s band “Origin” that he claimed world attention for his wonderful playing. A seasoned performer he was the featured saxophonist with the Bill Bruford band for several years and his collaboration with Chick Corea continues to this day, he will be one of the featured saxophonists on Chick’s 2010 World Tour. Tim has unquestionably established himself as a World Class player with an impressive International reputation. In addition to all that he is also an accomplished and highly regarded composer, writing for ensembles from trios to full choirs and orchestras. Tonight Tim will be appearing with his band made up of some of the finest players currently working on the International Jazz scene performing, as he describes it, "unique and virtuosic music from my past International collaborations". Highly recommended, booking advised.

 “…one of the most important British Jazz musicians..” Jazzwise
“special..swings with momentum and grace” Time Out
“exemplary work…utterly distinctive”
The Times
“A world class player”
Evening Standard                                                               


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Friday 19th            9:30pm – 1:30am     "SAMARA" feat STEVE RUBIE-flute LILIANA CHACHIAN-vocals   

“Samara” is a six-piece jazz/latin band led by 606 Club owner Steve Rubie playing sax and flute. Steve works tirelessly running the 606 Club as well as being an accomplished musician and leading this great Latin band! The pianist, Neil Angilley works with Vanessa Mae, Shirley Bassey and “Down to the Bone”, Dill Katz, the bass player is visiting professor at the Guildhall, Nic France the drummer has worked with just about everyone, including Dave Gilmore (Pink Floyd) and Bill Withers and Bill Withers, the percussionist, Dawson Miller is generally recognised as one of the most versatile and experienced players on the scene, and the singer Liliana Chachian, who includes work with iconic dance band “Da Latta” and the influential “Negrocan”, is considered to be one of the finest Brazilian singers currently working in Europe. The music is an infectious blend of Brazilian Samba, jazz/latin and Soul, and they all have a great time!

“Cracking Latin-jazz quintet led by 606 proprietor Steve Rubie on flute and alto saxophone…explores these Latin jazz classics in great rhythmic style” Time Out                                         


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Saturday 20th          9:30pm – 1:30am “SAXOPHONE SUMMIT” FEATURING PETER KING-alto; TIM WHITEHEAD-tenor; BRANDON ALLEN-tenor with Special Guest MARTIN SHAW-trumpet

 As part of the LJF festivities we once again present three World Class saxophonists for a unique “saxophone summit” and just to add spice to the mix this year we thought we’d throw in one of the finest Jazz trumpet players in Europe as well! These brilliant players span three generations and have between them more than 120 years experience of playing Jazz at the highest level.

. After taking the scene by storm in the early sixties with the Ronnie Scott quintet, Pete has gone on to establish himself unequivocally as one of the finest alto saxophonists in the world. His fabulous technique allied with an unerring sense of harmony has made him one of the greatest players this country has ever produced. Currently the featured saxophonist with the Charlie Watts band his playing has made him famous worldwide. Pete has always been a great supporter of the Club and it is with enormous pleasure that we welcome this saxophone giant.
“plays with...searing authority” Guardian

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TIM WHITEHEAD. Since the mid-seventies Tim has worked with just about every major UK modern jazz performer and is considered to be one of the most consistent and inventive sax players around. A recent review said  “….even (Mike) Brecker’s admirers would have to give Whitehead the edge for soulfulness”. An accomplished composer as well as one of the UK’s most respected soloists Tim is without question considered to be one of the leading players of his generation. 
“ of Britain's most thoughtful composers and improvisers…attractive, accessible yet finely crafted music.. marked by a sense of grace and economy.” The Times
“…arguably the finest tenor player in Britain today'' Jazz Review.

BRANDON ALLEN. Brandon is an ex-pat Australian saxophonist who has made quite an impression on the scene since becoming resident in London. His wonderfully fluent and incisive sax playing has been heard in France, Belgium, Switzerland, Denmark and Portugal, and in London he has performed with the likes of Eric Clapton, Mica Paris, Jools Holland, Carleen Anderson, BBC Big Band and Omar.
“Brandon Allen is arguably the most exciting tenor player in Britain today. His phrasing is unashamedly emotional, soaked in the blues tradition” Jazzwise.

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MARTIN SHAW. Martin Shaw is widely regarded as one of the finest trumpet players in Europe. His powerful yet wonderfully fluent playing has been heard with the likes of Sting, Natalie Cole and Cleo Lane and he is a first call for numerous high profile musicians both in the UK and abroad. A featured soloist with the BBC Big Band his melodic playing and warm, fluid sound are universally admired and respected.                   




Laurence Cottle is one of the finest electric bass players this country has ever produced. His stunning technique has been featured on innumerable recording sessions. The bass player with the Bill Bruford Band his jazz credentials are impeccable, including Jim Mullen, Claire Martin, Jason Rebello and Tim Garland as well as work with the likes of Gary Moore, Cozy Powell and Black Sabbath (really!). As well as one of the country’s finest players Laurie has also established himself over recent years as a writer of some considerable note and this high energy 16 piece Big Band features the cream of modern British jazz musicians.

“…a .polished and punchy Big Band…..Laurence Cottle's Jaco Pastorius-like electric bass almost steals the show” Guardian.


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Sunday 21st  Evening          8:30pm – 11:00pm   LILLIAN BOUTTÉ with Denny Ilett-guitar.

It is with enormous pleasure that we welcome to the Club the brilliant New Orleans singer Ms. Lillian Boutté. On the music scene for more than 30 years Lillian is a monument to Jazz, Gospel and R&B. She has performed and recorded with a myriad of legendary musicians including Jay Mc Shane, Harry 'Sweets' Edison, Milt Hinton, Gus Johnson, Doc Cheatham, Arnett Cobb, Dr. John, Professor Longhair, Clark Terry and our own Humphrey Lyttleton. She has quite literally travelled the world performing her brand of New Orleans Jazz and R&B. Named "New Orleans Musical Ambassador" in 1986, she was only the second jazz legend in the city's history to be accorded this honour - the first being Louis Armstrong.  A successful actress and stage performer as well she appeared in and sung on the sound track of Allan Parker’s “Angel Heart” and was for 4 years a featured performer in the classic stage show “One Mo Time”, performing with the show in New Orleans, Sweden and Brazil. In 1992 she took the show “Spirit of Louisiana” to Germany, in 1992 to 1994 she toured “Gospel United” around Europe culminating in 1995 with Lillian and her group performing in Denmark with a 3,000 voice Gospel choir. Lillian has been touring almost non-stop for the last 18 years doing concerts, club dates and festivals all over the world and with the help of 17 albums featuring jazz, pop, blues, soul and gospel has striven to convey New Orleans’s unique atmosphere to an international audience. Although now based in Europe this has become particularly important for Lillian post Hurricane Katrina and she has been widely praised over the last 3 years for her tireless efforts to raise money for victims and to enable reconstruction work in her devastated home town. A unique singer who blends all that is best in Jazz, Gospel and R&B in one high energy, enormously entertaining package. The band Lillian leads tonight also features one of the UK’s finest guitarists, Denny Ilett. Booking advised.

“A versatile singer from New Orleans now based in Europe, ……she takes a song like "All of Me" and turns it into a work of jazz art. Her rendition of "He Touched Me" reflects the depth of her feeling for her gospel roots. The ballads "I Cried for You" and "For All We Know" are perfect vehicles for showcasing the soft and subtle way that she engages in a song and "Go Back Where You Stayed Last Night" shows her bluesy side. One can understand upon hearing Lillian Boutte sing why music is her life” All Music Guide;                                                   


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