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Thu 24 Apr 2014     JazzRock Cafe - Jazz night w/ArTez Conservatorium
Jazz night with musicians from the ArTez Conservatorium!

Our next JazzRock Cafe will be a special edition with two talented bands from the ArTez Conservatorium - Jazz & Pop, Enschede (NL).

Free admittance, see venue for details.



Wed 26 Mar 2014     Fusion Night in JazzRock Cafe - Seraph
Upcoming JazzRock Cafe - April 17th, 2014 - will be another amazing Fusion Night!!

Seraph

With influences of Yellowjackets, Spyro Gyra, Larry Carlton and Mike Stern, this next edition of the SmoothJazz Europe - JazzRock Cafe will be a fantastic fusion night again!

Free admittance, see venue for details.



Fri 24 Jan 2014     Host Acces Solutions - Sponsor of JazzRock Cafe
The JazzRock Café's events are a series of free concerts organized by SmoothJazz Europe and Poppodium Metropool.
Their subjective is to promote music in the styles of Smooth & Contemporary Jazz and support top level (inter)national musicians to bring their music to a new and wider audience!

The JazzRock Café is also a stage for new and upcoming talents! The same passion presented in SmoothJazz Europe's JazzRock Café concerts you can also find with HOST ACCESS SOLUTIONS B.V. … always aiming for quality, innovation and exclusivity!



Sun 12 Jan 2014     World JazzRock - Tizer Tro (USA)
In February, again we have a fantastic USA jazz artist in our JazzRock Café: Tizer Trio

Driven by an explosive mix of jazz, rock, classical, jam band influences and Afro Cuban and world rhythms, keyboardist Lao Tizer has taken his 'World Fusion Music' all over the world (Java Jazz Festival in Jakarta, the Joy of Jazz Festival in Johannesburg, the Dubai Jazz Festival, Barbados Jazz Festival, the Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival and the Festival International Providencia Jazz in Santiago, Chile).

During his first European tour, Lao Tizer visits Hengelo (NL) for an exclusive Dutch performance at SmoothJazz Europe's JazzRock Cafe.

For more information, see website Metropool, Lao Tizer's profile and his website.

Tizer Trio:
Lao Tizer - keys (former "Best New Jazz Artist" nominee, Special EFX, Down To The Bone)
Rufus Philpot - bass (Scott Henderson, Randy Brecker, Down To The Bone)
Raul Pineda - drums (Chucho Valdes, Michel Camilo)



Thu 21 Nov 2013     Fusion Night in Jazz Rock Café - Fuladja
The upcoming Jazz Rock Café - Jan, 17th, 2014 - will be a fantastic mix of latin and fusion, performed by the 5 piece, Dutch band "Fuladja".
With influences and covers The Rippingtons, Mezzoforte, Jeff Lorber, Chick Corea, Spyro Gyra, Incognito they also play their own stuff.
Don't miss it! Free admittance and DJ Paul will warm eveyone up with his soulful turntable!



Sun 29 Sep 2013     Jazz Rock Cafe - Chieli Minucci ft. Erly Thornton


Sun 15 Sep 2013     SmoothJazz Europe's JazzRock Café - Gallery
The second JazzRock Café, SmoothJazz Europe organized in collaboration with venue Poppodium Metropool and radioprogram Jazzmeeting was held on September 13th, 2013. This time the theme was "80's Funk Disco Soul".
As main artists, L'dia on Bass and Dillon Lewis "Fonked" the stage! And with the help of DJ Paul, the JazzRock Café turned into a groovin' Funk scene!.



Wed 28 Aug 2013     SmoothJazz Europe interviewed by...Dave Koz!
SmoothJazz Europe has been on the European Dave Koz Cruise 2012. And we were interviewed by Dave Koz himself!

Watch the "Cruise Talk Hosted by Dave Koz"
(SmoothJazz Europe appears at 16m08s)



Tue 27 Aug 2013     Jazz Rock Cafe events - Fundraising
The Jazz Rock Café is a live show that contains a lot of live music, from national and international top musicians, with some interviews in between the acts. We already have found support from a venue, collaborate with local jazz radio for live radio interviews with the artists and have found international collaboration with an online German Jazz TV broadcasting. Artists like to play and bring their music in the open, and it is their passion but we must not forget that for most of them it is also their income! And we would like to pay the artists for their work and performance!

SmoothJazz Europe does not receive financial support so that's why we ask our audience and fans and sponsors for help. There are many ways you could help us. If you like our idea or like what we do or enjoyed our first Jazz Rock Café episode, you can help us with any donation via this website, 5 - 10 - 25 - 50 - 100 Euro, any amount is a start! Even better; a small amount donated to us on regular basis will help us very much! Do you know or do you have a company who would like to sponsor us, we are open to talk about this with you, so please contact us!

The Jazz Rock Café is still a small event, however we hope that in the end with your help, we will be able to continue promoting this music and the artists and that we maybe even can grow to a bigger event or even a Festival! National and International! That's why we are SmoothJazz Europe.



Tue 27 Aug 2013     Jazz Rock Cafe - 80s Funk Soul Disco


Sat 20 Jul 2013     Jazz Rock Cafe - 80s Funk Soul Disco
Friday September 13th, 2013 we'll present in our Jazz Rock Cafe at the Metropool Cafe in Hengelo (NL):

80s Funk Soul Disco

Our national Dutch Bass Funk Lady L'dia On Bass will give a special performance, with special guest Dillon Lewis.
To complete it all, DJ Paul will give this evening that special 80s feel of Soul and Disco!

Doors 20.00, start at 20.30, admission free!



Sat 13 Apr 2013     Jazz Rock Cafe - Erly Thornton
Friday April 5th, 2013 we held our first Jazz Rock Cafe at the Metropool Cafe in Hengelo (NL).

We were pleased that Erly Thornton, who recently had moved to The Netherlands, could join us and gave a fantastic performance.
But we were also accompanied by DJ Ed (Ed Talloway) who rocked the house with his great soul and jazzy mixes!
And radioprogram Jazzmeeting of station Radio Hengelo TV held interviews and recorded the show.

See gallery for an impression



Sun 30 Dec 2012     Dave Koz & Friends at Sea 2013
After a succesful first European Cruise, Dave Koz comes again with his fantastastic concept "Dave Koz & Friends at Sea" to Europe in 2013!

If you want more information, please contact us for more details.



Wed 21 Nov 2012     Brian Hughes & Band - European Tour 2012
Gitarist Brian Hughes is touring Europe between Nov 20 and Nov 24, 2012.
SmoothJazz Europe will meet Brian at his last concert in Minden (D) for an interview.

Stay tuned for the picture gallery and the interview!



Wed 07 Nov 2012     Dave Koz Cruise - Europe 2012
From September 22 - October 3, 2012 Dave Koz held his first ever European Cruise "Dave Koz & Friends At Sea". SmoothJazz Europe was invited to see and experience what this cruise would be and it really was something! Thanks Dave!
To give the visitors of SmoothJazz Europe some impression of what this great week was all about, we made this report



Sun 23 Sep 2012     MEZZOFORTE - Islands tour 2012 (NL Show)
SmoothJazz Europe proudly presents

MEZZOFORTE - Islands tour 2012
October 10th, Metropool (Hengelo, NL)

The only show in the Netherlands

Update:

*** VIEW GALLERY ***



Mon 25 Jun 2012     LEVEL 42 - Presented by SmoothJazz Europe & Metropool
SmoothJazz Europe & Metropool (Hengelo, NL) join forces again in this phenomnal concert of:

LEVEL 42

November 16th, 2012, Level 42 will hit the stage in Hengelo. See fore more details Metropool - Level 42 page.
Tickets can be bought here.



Sun 24 Jun 2012     SmoothJazz Europe in article by Smooth Jazz Life
Please read this nice post about SmoothJazz Europe on the website of Smooth Jazz Life:



Wed 28 Mar 2012     SmoothJazz Europe joined forces with Jazztime
SmoothJazz Europe and JazzTime have joined forces! The jazz festival JazzTime at the Keppel Castle will keep their third yearly jazz festival in June and their ob­jective is to become one of the largest jazz festivals in the Netherlands
For this year the jazz funk group Mezzoforte from Iceland will be the main act of this festival.

Jazztime has asked us to pro­gram a top act for the 2013 edition. We are very glad with this request because we are always looking for opportunities to integrate our artists and their music at jazz festivals.



Sun 25 Dec 2011     Walter Goyen - Photographer at SmoothJazz Europe
We are very proud to announce a new member to our staff: photograper Walter Goyen of Heart for Photography

Walter made a lot of picture galleries for SmoothJazz Europe as can be seen on our Galleries and Interviews page.

Galleries of Walter include:

  • SmoothJazz Europe event 2010, with Bob Baldwin, Tom Braxton and Chieli Minucci
  • Jazz and Dine with Richard Smith
  • Chieli Minucci & Special EFX, European tour 2011
  • Fourplay, European tour 2011
  • Jeff Lorber Fusion, European tour 2011

    Welcome on board!



  • Fri 09 Dec 2011     See where Smoothjazz artists perform in Europe
    Check our Concerts page regularly to see where you favorite SmoothJazz Europe artist performs in Europe!

    This month Jeff Lorber, Eric Marienthal, Jimmy Haslip & Gary Novak are touring with their Jeff Lorber Fusion Winter 2011 Tour.

    Subscribe to our newsletter to receive updates about other exciting events!



    Thu 24 Nov 2011     Great picture galleries and interviews added!
    The Interview page, SJ festival and Jazz & Dine pages have been combined into one new fantastic Galleries & Interview page!
    On this page some great picture galleries and interviews have been added:

  • Interview with Larry Carlton
  • Interview with Jonathan Fritzen
  • Picture & Video gallery of Chieli Minucci & Special EFX
  • Interview with Fourplay


  • Sun 16 Oct 2011     Michael Dowdle interview
    The interview SmoothJazz Europe had with Michael Dowdle in 2010, November 2nd, is now published.
    Michael performed in The Netherlands in a few clubs and theatres.

    Click here for the interview.



    Sun 02 Oct 2011     Mezzoforte & L'dia On Bass was amazing!
    The concert on Sep 24, 2011 by Mezzoforte and L'dia On Bass as support act was a huge succes!

    With a full Metropool, the people loved it all!

    See the special video & picture gallery here



    Fri 24 Jun 2011     SmoothJazz Europe presents: Mezzoforte!
    SmoothJazz Europe proudly presents, in collaboration with venue Metropool (Hengelo, NL):

    MEZZOFORTE from Iceland.

    On Sept 24, 2011, Mezzoforte will perform as main act on our Smooth Jazz event this year.

    L´dia On Bass will be the support act.

    For more info click our newsletter
    For ticketsale click here



    Sun 29 May 2011     Lee Ritenour interview
    Interview with Lee Ritenour including pictures and live video has been publisehd. Lee Ritenour performed with Patrice Rushen (keys), Melvin Davis (bass) and Sonny Emory (drums) on Nov 2th, 2010 in Metropool, Hengelo (NL).
    SmoothJazz had the honour to interview this great guitar legend, who toured with three other jazz greats!

    Click here for the interview.



    Wed 27 Apr 2011     Jan ter Maat Kwintet - CANCELLED/AFGELAST
    Update May 6th, 2011

    *** CANCELLATION *** AFGELASTING ***

    UNFORTUNATELY, THE PERFORMANCE OF JAN TER MAAT KWINTET ON MAY 8TH IS CANCELLED, DUE TO LACK OF TICKET SALE!

    HELAAS IS HET OPTREDEN VAN HET JAN TER MAAT KWINTET VOOR 8 MEI AFGELAST ALS GEVOLG VAN TE LAGE KAARTVERKOOP

    Please follow the website of SmoothJazz Europe for the upcoming Jazz & Dine concerts.

    The Jan ter Maat Kwintet will be performing at the next Jazz & Dine on May 8th, 2011.

    See official poster here and the special newsletter about this event here (in Dutch).


    Click on image for tickets and reservation



    Thu 14 Apr 2011     Gallery Jazz & Dine, Richard Smith Apr 10th, 2011
    The Jazz & Dine with Richard Smith was a great succes! See Richard Smith - April 10th, 2011 for a impression.


    Sun 20 Mar 2011     Richard Smith in Jazz & Dine
    As part of the Jazz & Dine concept, we are very proud to announce that Richard Smith will be performing on April 10th, 2011.

    See official poster here and a bio of Richard Smith here.


    Click on image for tickets and reservation



    Tue 22 Feb 2011     Jazz & Dine!
    SmoothJazz Europe is proud to be the co-founder and organizer of a new monthly concept for the Netherlands:

    *** Jazz & Dine ***
    Live Music - Great Food!

    It will be held on the first or second Sunday of each month in Holten (OV-NL) in cooperation with Kulturhus Holten and TasToe.

    Program so far:

  • March 6th, 2011: Out of the Box - SmoothJazz
  • April 10th, 2011: Richard Smith (from LA Chillharmonic)
  • May 1st or 8th, 2011: Jan Ter Maat Quintet
  • June 5th, 2011: Mijne Heeren
  • Oct 2nd: Chieli Minucci (from Special EFX)

    More information (in Dutch) click here



  • Sat 01 Jan 2011     Updated European performances
    First of all - Happy New Year! Hopefully 2011 will bring us the most beautiful music, peace and joy!

    To start the year, please check our updated concert agenda here. SmoothJazz Europe artists are scheduled in Austria, Germany, Greece, Italy, The Netherlands, Turkey and United Kingdom.

    Among them Anthony James Baker, Brian Culbertson, Club des Belugas, Deborah J. Carter, Jeanette Harris, Jessy J, Kenny G, Leee John, Marc Antoine, Matt Bianco, Nils Gessinger, Paul Brown, Peter White, Rocco Ventrella, Running Hybrids, Shakatak, Snake Davis.

    Enjoy the concerts and maybe we'll meet each other!



    Sat 25 Dec 2010     Merry Christmas
    The staff of SmoothJazz Europe wishes you all a Merry Christmas!


    Mon 06 Dec 2010     Dave Koz & Friends - European Cruise 2012
    After his first upcoming cruise in Alaska, August-Sept 2011, Dave will come to Europe with his Dave Koz & Friends at Sea!

    Dave Koz & Friends has been a phenomenal concept throughtout the years, whether it is a Summer tour, a Christmas tour or now a fantastic cruise at Sea.
    From Sept 26th - Oct 3rd, 2012, Dave will visit ports of call in Spain, Italy and France, accompanied by Marc Antoine, Norman Brown, Jonathan Butler and Michael Lington.

    Visit the offical website of this cruise here.



    Mon 29 Nov 2010     SmoothJazz Europe breaks ground in Holland, Creates Hunger for More!!

    by Ton Ouwehand

    “Smoothjazz” triggers a lot of prejudice in Europe with some poor perceptions. Among the regular “jazz environments", it is stated as an undefinable style. Outside the Jazz style, most of the time, the music has a name as being a friendly jazzy variation of easy listening (sometimes perceived as elevator music). Because of this prejudgment, this music style is rarely programmed at the big jazz festivals.
    However, Inge Wenzel and Marijn Eland from Almelo wanted to make a change in all this. They are owners of the website www.smoothjazz.eu and with organizing this first (Dutch) SmoothJazz Festival in history, they have made a bold statement in this style of jazz that has been underestimated for years.

    Three top musicians from the United States (with excellent resumes and track records) flew over to the Netherlands: Guitaris Chieli Minucci, Saxophonist Tom Braxton and Pianist/Keyboardist Bob Baldwin. Three bandleaders, who performed here without their own group, but collaborated in European musicians with a super band! Supported by the Italian bass player Daniele Labbate and the Dutch musicians Sietse Huisman (drums) and Martin Verdonk (!) (percussion).

    The men never shared stage before and just needed one rehearsal to wipe away the prejudice of SmoothJazz once and for all, proving again that music is the universal language.
    The musicians were friendly and kind to the audience in contrary to some other jazz musician trends. On stage there was no musical competition among these musicians to show off, there where no individual “egos” trying to be the hero of the night…there were just three musicians with a great “attitude”, giving an amazing concert with help of the Dutch sidemen. They never tried to grandstand with long solo’s, it was a nice variety and cooperation, in which each musician participated and make the songs fresh and exciting.

    Whether SmoothJazz is a kind of popmusic without vocals, as one of the visitors stated; that statement lost its force when Bob Baldwin added some vocals to the music. There was no single moment that the evening revealed a jam session of musical ego’s. Also there was a great support act by the young Hengelo’s Jazz Kwintet. Guitar player Chieli Minucci played a song together with these group of teenagers; not with putting up a face like “ I’ m on the posters, I’m 3 times the age of these kids nor “teaching” them that they are not there yet musically. His contribution was modest and inspiring!

    You don’t need to have studied a master class of economics to calculate that this first SmoothJazz Festival didn’t generate millions. A small amount of a few hundred people, who received a free goodie bag with cd’s and info from other artists, so you understand there is no financial profit coming with this event, however Inge Wenzel were very satisfied! The music and atmosphere was amazing! The visitors who attended the event would agree!
    The “seed” has been planted! On to the next plateau.



    Mon 29 Nov 2010     Jeff Lorber composed music for documentary about the painter Van Gogh

    read more here: Vincent van de Wijngaard



    Mon 29 Nov 2010     Wink of the eye to the movie world

    The American Jazz group Special EFX celebrates their 25th anniversary with a Europe Tour which will start at the Jazz Podium De Tor – The Netherlands by Ton Ouwehand

    by Ton Ouwehand

    IT took a while, and he estimated it would be something between the 10 or maybe 15 years, anyhow, the American guitar player Chieli Minucci will be coming back to our country. (The Netherlands) Tomorrow night (September 17th), he will be playing with his group Special EFX at the “Jazz Podium De Tor” and Saturday 25, he will be performing in a guest appearance and as musical director at the SmoothJazz Festival in Metropool, Hengelo – The Netherlands.

    A unique musician, he's the son of an Italian concert pianist who immigrated to the United States because he loved jazz and saw himself writing music for someone like Nat King Cole. Which actually happened! It was because of Ulpio Minucci that his son Chieli received in 1982 his first record deal with a Dutch record company called Keytone Records from Chris Hinze. “That went with cassette tapes. We copied these and sent them to all the record companies we had ever heard of. Chris Hinze responded to this. I'm sure it was because he recognized the name Minucci. Chris was signed as a classical flute artist with the same record company which my dad worked for, Columbia Records." Hinze helped Chieli with his first record, however Minucci looked back at it with a lot of mixed feelings, because Hinze didn’t show up with a contract until the first day of recording. He received something to sign when the record lights went on. “There was no time to read the contract, let alone to let a lawyer check it out as well." He waited for his royalties for 8 years. But Chieli is not complaining anymore about this because one year later, he and his percussion player partner, George Jinda, signed a contract with the American label GRP. There, they made 10 records before they left to an even more interesting record label, JVC.

    George came up with the name Special Delivery. But it appeared there was already a band with the same name. So they had to find a new name for the group and so they came with Special EFX, with a wink of the eye to the movie world because they thought their music could be heard as similar to a soundtrack from a movie.

    Special EFX will celebrate their 25 anniversary with a Europe Tour. They have never thought the band would exist so long. “The idea was to bring a good band together. The success that we've had is just what you hope for. We wanted a band with guitar, a lot of percussion and drums. We didn’t want to become one of the many jazz bands with songs that already exist. We wanted contemporary pieces and whether it would be jazz, latin or rock, that was totally not of importance.”

    Special EFX is an instrumental group, with some vocals. Percussion player Philip Hamilton, who joined the group in 1995, has been the vocalist in the group since Jinda's death. The group lineup was, and still is: Jay Rowe (keyoards), Jerry Brooks (bass), Lionel Cordew (drums).

    Chieli started as a child with piano lessons. But when he came in touch with rock he changed to play guitar. “I liked Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck. Later on I was fascinated with symphonic art-rock: John McLaughin with his Mahavishu Orchestra and Return Forever from Chick Corea.” These groups had also influence in a way to the sound of Special EFX, which according to Minucci also would be compared and interpreted like the Pat Metheny Group. And this will be strengthened with musicians like Mike Ledford, Paul Wertico who played in both the groups. “People may compare as they do, but I think we've always played a bit more aggressive than Pat Metheny”.



    Mon 29 Nov 2010     Chieli Minucci, Tom Braxton, Bob Baldwin festival

    by Ton Ouwehand

    “Smoothjazz” triggers a lot of prejudice in Europe with some poor perceptions. Among the regular “jazz environments", it is stated as an undefinable style. Outside the Jazz style, most of the time, the music has a name as being a friendly jazzy variation of easy listening (sometimes perceived as elevator music). Because of this prejudgment, this music style is rarely programmed at the big jazz festivals.
    However, Inge Wenzel and Marijn Eland from Almelo wanted to make a change in all this. They are owners of the website www.smoothjazz.eu and with organizing this first (Dutch) SmoothJazz Festival in history, they have made a bold statement in this style of jazz that has been underestimated for years.

    Three top musicians from the United States (with excellent resumes and track records) flew over to the Netherlands: Guitaris Chieli Minucci, Saxophonist Tom Braxton and Pianist/Keyboardist Bob Baldwin. Three bandleaders, who performed here without their own group, but collaborated in European musicians with a super band! Supported by the Italian bass player Daniele Labbate and the Dutch musicians Sietse Huisman (drums) and Martin Verdonk (!) (percussion).
    The men never shared stage before and just needed one rehearsal to wipe away the prejudice of SmoothJazz once and for all, proving again that music is the universal language.
    The musicians were friendly and kind to the audience in contrary to some other jazz musician trends. On stage there was no musical competition among these musicians to show off, there where no individual “egos” trying to be the hero of the night…there were just three musicians with a great “attitude”, giving an amazing concert with help of the Dutch sidemen. They never tried to grandstand with long solo’s, it was a nice variety and cooperation, in which each musician participated and make the songs fresh and exciting.
    Whether SmoothJazz is a kind of popmusic without vocals, as one of the visitors stated; that statement lost its force when Bob Baldwin added some vocals to the music. There was no single moment that the evening revealed a jam session of musical ego’s. Also there was a great support act by the young Hengelo’s Jazz Kwintet. Guitar player Chieli Minucci played a song together with these group of teenagers; not with putting up a face like “ I’ m on the posters, I’m 3 times the age of these kids nor “teaching” them that they are not there yet musically. His contribution was modest and inspiring!
    You don’t need to have studied a master class of economics to calculate that this first SmoothJazz Festival didn’t generate millions. A small amount of a few hundred people, who received a free goodie bag with cd’s and info from other artists, so you understand there is no financial profit coming with this event, however Inge Wenzel were very satisfied! The music and atmosphere was amazing! The visitors who attended the event would agree!
    The “seed” has been planted! On to the next plateau.



    Mon 29 Nov 2010     Chieli Minucci convinced!

    by Ton Ouwehand

    In 1984 he performed on the stages of North Sea Jazz and about 15 years ago he also played at the Drum Jazz Festival in Rotterdam. Now, after 15 years guitarist Chieli Minucci returned to The Netherlands with a great performance!
    It felt like the old days – “Stamp your feet! - Clap your hands, and We want more”, as well as “zugabe” (German for “Encore”) and this all around midnight on Friday the 17th of September in Jazzpodium De Tor – Enschede. For guitar player Chieli Minucci it was the first time in 15 years that he travelled with his group Special EFX from the United States to Europe. And now they finally played their first concert again in the Netherlands, in Enschede!
    The music was well received well by all. Not only the audience was excited, but Minucci himself expressed his great enthusiasm. Next to his breathless guitar playing, he expressed his gratitude to the audience more than once! He felt welcome. You could see that he enjoyed playing at this relative small jazz club, where his robust music came off well! Special EFX is not just a band that usually plays small concert gigs.

    With an appropriately loud sound mix, this group gave a memorable impression.
    As usually happens in the “SmoothJazz” scene. When music is played at concert level, you hear the complexity and refinement of the compositions, and this brings the expressive solo activity much more to the forefront.

    This was proved to be true in De Tor: Music which formed an accumulation of craftsmanship and skills, and the joy of playing and aim to a one group sound. With keyboard player Jay Rowe, bass player Jerry Brooks and drummer Lionel Cordew, they formed a group like Pat Metheny for the smaller stages! It is a promising excitement for the coming festival at the Metropool Hengelo on September 25th.

    Minucci will join together with saxophone player Tom Braxton, keyboard player Bob Baldwin, and a Dutch rhythm section - a special super band. These are top musicians who will be playing each others songs!



    Mon 29 Nov 2010     News items on SmoothJazz Europe
    Welcome to this new page on our website. Here you will find all kinds of interesting news about the artists, events and other news items.
    By clicking the NEWS button, you will see all articles.
    And you can also follow us on twitter!

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