On February 2, 2019 the stage of Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild (Pittsburgh, PA), was graced with the duo of South American (Columbia), jazz virtuoso musicians Edmar Castaneda/ harp, and Grammy Award Winner Gregoire Maret /harmonica. The banality of the previous sentence cannot begin to convey the explosion of beautiful music these two exceptional musicians shared with a captivated and enchanted audience.
The sound that emanated from the electric harp of Edmar was at times ethereal and at other times just down to earth funky, and Gregoire’s harmonica expertly and fluidly accentuated the heights and fancies of the spirited and lively playing that Edmar’s fingertips produced. Edmar can make a harp sing, thump and cry. His emotional range on his instrument is just as wide as his virtuosity is high. He brings out sounds and music that you would never expect a harp to produce, and he emotes in such a marvelous fashion that he can make you feel what he is feeling as he plays. And just as great of a musician as Edmar is, Gregoire is his equal with his “ax” of choice, the harmonica. The product of the two musicians was amazing beyond description, and after being blown away by their performance, I had to meet the two musicians in person and purchase
Edmar’s latest CD; Edmar Castaneda World Ensemble (Live at the Jazz standard). Both men were very friendly and Edmar (in his ever preset Kangol style hat) was extremely engaging, and he also was pleased to know that they would be featured on my small corner. Gregoire, on the other hand, spoke very little English so we couldn’t communicate much (especially since my Spanish is probably much worse than his English), although he spoke volumes on stage with his harmonica.
Since I only wore my music fan hat at the Guild concert that night, I did not take notes. At times a person must simply exist and enjoy the music, and that’s exactly what I did, but the album I purchased brought a small sampling of what I witnessed at the concert home with me. The album has only six songs on it, but those six songs are all lengthy (the average length is about 10 minutes), and those six pieces give you an inkling of what the live performance spectacularly delivered. By the way, Edmar is also an accomplished composer as well. Of the six songs, all but one (Carrao Carrao), were composed and arranged by Edmar, and the entire album was produced by him too!
The World Ensemble consisted of six other musicians besides Edmar and Gregoire: Marshall Gilkes/Trombone; Itai Kriss/Flute; Shlomi Cohen/Soprano Sax; Pablo Vergara/Piano; Rodrigo Villlon/Drums; and David Silliman/Percussion. There are also three “special guests” on the album; Andrea Tierra/vocals; Tamer Pinarbasi/Qanun (a middle eastern lute like instrument); and Sergio Krakowski/Pandero (a tambourine like instrument).
The first song on this colorful album is entitled Cuarto De Colores (Room of Colors). From the initial downbeat Edmar jumps in with both feet, or, as I should say, both hands. He pounds out the melody with a ferocious intensity that doesn’t let up for nearly the entire eleven minutes of the tune, and all the bassline you hear is played via the Edmar’s left hand on his harp. It’s startling how much sound and power he produces out of his instrument. When I first heard him play, I did not know what to expect. I had never seen an electric harp, and I anticipated the sound associated with the acoustic version of the instrument; well, I was wrong. Although the sound is very similar, the electric harp produces a harp sound that is on steroids! Its bold and vibrant in a way that is otherworldly. You just do not expect to hear what you’re hearing, and….its great!
Cuarto de Colores is a song that reeks of Columbia and the Latin flavored jazz of the region. The rhythm and flow of the music is indicative of the region from whence Edmar hails. The African influence is a huge part of the music just as the black people of South America make up a large part of the continent’s population. Their influence cannot be denied, but it is instead celebrated within the music, rhythm and dance of the Southern Hemisphere. South America is a large “room of colors” and every color of the heritage of the people of the region manifests itself in the music. This tune exhibits that reality in an energetically superb fashion.
The length of the song also allows space for the song to evolve and transform in complexity of sound and feel. The horn section has a meaty quality to it; they sound loud and large in unison, and as all the musicians are allowed their room to speak during this number, they each add their own flavor to the rhythmic soup, the result is a journey of grand proportions. Itai Kriss’ flute solo is creative and spontaneous. It is balanced and crisp and never becomes laborious. Itai seems to frolic through the measures as he tells his delightful story. He is followed by the virtuoso talent of Gregoire on the harmonica.
Edmar and the Harps!
Although for most Americans the harmonica may evoke thoughts of Stevie wonder or Toots Theilesmens (he of Sesame St. fame), or even Lee Oskar of the band WAR, but Gregoire has a style all his own. He plays in a style that is reminiscent of a guitar player. He approaches each note at times almost as if he were plucking a string. It’s a wonderful effect that adds to the complexity and timbre of the instrument. But he also allows the uniqueness of the harmonica’s qualities to shine through as well. He’s an amazing musician and fills the room with his soul and sound. Percussionist David Sillman exhibits his talents for a few bars, and then as the song winds down with each horn player improvising for a few bars and the song ends as abruptly as is began. This song is amazing from beginning to completion and it never leaves the listener fatigued (but I can’t say the same for any dancers who may try to keep up).
The third song on the CD is entitled Jesus De Nazareth. It’s a beautifully enchanting song that evokes a pacing quiet grace. Edmar is a religious man, and although not in overbearing fashion he does openly acknowledge his Christianity. This beautiful song emotes his faith in a way that words cannot. Its genesis is enigmatic as it quietly builds in dynamics, complexity and urgency. It continues its inexorable march and slowly grows into a heavenly melody of unearthly beauty. This is initially a solo number that displays a certain simplistic complexity that very few solo instruments can pull off; the harp is made for a tune like this.
As the song builds, the listener can hear all the intricacies of the harp. The bassline and melody seem nearly independent of one another; almost as if they were played on separate instruments. At almost exactly six minutes in, the entire band joins in to help tell the story. It’s the Gospel according to Castaneda, and although there are no written words, one can begin to understand what Edmar’s Savior means to him. We can also begin to gain some insight into Edmar’s quiet regal character the he publicly exhibits.
Although not written by Edmar, Carrao Carrao, the fifth song of the CD is a beautiful number that I simply must talk about. A carrao is a beautiful wading bird indigenous to Florida and South America. The lovely voice of Adrea Tierra sings this song which also happens to be the only vocal number on this CD. The eerie beauty of this tune goes hand in hand with the beauty found on this CD itself, and it also lends itself to the beauty of Edmar’s craftmanship on the harp. Andrea sings with and insistent grace that draws you in even if you speak no Spanish. And one thing I found so remarkable is her ability to thrill the double “r” in the Spanish language. I, personally, have never heard anyone thrill those consonants to such an extent. The ability accentuates the beauty and mystery of the song. Andrea has an impeccable voice, with masterful command of her vocal cords, pitch and range. This song exudes mystery intertwined with the call of nature’s beauty. It’s a lovely interlude on an intensely rich album. A “must listen” for any music fan.
The last song on this CD is entitled Zamir Blues. This song is the funkiest tune on the disc. It has a cool steady groove and it keeps you rocking. The song begins with a funky bass intro that Edmar so expertly plays with his right hand on the bass strings of the harp, eventually he begins to explore the improvised melody of the intro with his left, his technique and musicianship as stellar as ever. After the brief solo intro, the percussion and drums set a smoking rhythm to accompany the harp, and usher in the entire band. Edmar continues the bass line which anchors the tune and the groove. After a few bars of nastiness, the entire ensemble enters in and the band erupts into the body of the song.
The World Ensemble.
The number has a familiar tone and quality to it, but the music is new and fresh. The song progresses and Gregoire begins to speak to the crowd with an inspired melodic funky and thoughtful harmonica voice which leaves the listener in awe while being completely entertained. The trombone of Gilkes speaks up next. He pours out his thoughtful sermon in a complete and satisfying fashion. Finally, Edmar enters in again with his solo, and you’re again amazed by the bass hand he displays, but there’s a reason for that too. You see, Edmar’s bass hero is Jaco Pastorius (Edmar even named a song after him), and Edmar has learned a thing or two about how the bass should be played by one of the best bassists ever.
This song has all the elements of a classic, and the one thought that I cannot shake as I contemplate America’s Black History month, and as I listen to not only this song, but the entire album, as well as jazz music from the four corners of the world is just how influential and ubiquitous American Jazz has become, and how it has shaped and defined modern musical language. Jazz is a language that brings people from diverse backgrounds and circumstances together. It’s America’s gift to the World’s musical conversation. A gift that was born in the rough fields of American slavery; a gift that was born out of the African rhythms of drumbeats heard on a distant continent, and a gift that was birthed out of the interpretation of a culture and a music that was foreign to and foisted upon unwilling subjects. This music is a bridge to all of mankind. It can be heard on every continent in the world, and it speaks a universal language that all can understand. Out of adversity emerges supreme beauty.
Well, once again I arrive at the end of another fun adventure. I must apologize for the, as of late, irregular postings. I am doing a lot of research and listening to various artists and I am trying to bring fresh and new (or, should I say, unfamiliar), artists to the conversation. I don’t want to become bored or sound stale as I do what I love, and this it to entertain (I hope) you. I hope to bring many new and extremely good local musicians to light, and (as I do not want to jump the gun and tip my hand), I hope to bring some exciting local musicians to the table, and also continue to write about established artists that I like as well.
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I want to stir up interest, as well as give you a hint of things to come, by letting you know that N-Motion Entertainment will not only continue to bring stellar musicians to the Stage, but we will be doing some exciting work along the lines of some of the events we have done in the past. Tell you family and friends to stop by the “Corner” and read the articles, leave comments, make suggestions, and in the near future, you will be able to take advantage of special offers and discounts available only to readers of this article. We appreciate all of you, and I ‘d like to personally thank any and all of you for stopping by and checking things out.
Well, that’s all for now, and as always, next time “Catch You on the Corner”.
B. B. Suber
Marcos Ariel / “Americas” January 29, 2019 A Taste of the Western Hemisphere
Classically trained Brazilian smooth jazz pianist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer Marcos Ariel has dedicated himself professionally to his art since the mid 1970’s. This album’s release in 2017 demonstrates his masterful ability to not only craft great music, but to also deliver his product with remarkable charm and quiet grace. His music, based upon the “Carioca” style of play indigenous to musicians from his home town of Rio De Janeiro, is tinged with that subtleties of Latin American rhythms and an international timbre that defies categorization. Although much of the album information is difficult to find in North America, (as the album is currently only sold on MP3 format), I can tell you that the album features Jean-Pierre Zanella on saxophone; Paulino Trumpete (sic) on trumpet, and Lula Galvao on guitar. Marcos is responsible for nearly all (if not all), of the composing on the CD, and via his composition style he allots himself a comfortable amount of quiet space (between the notes) to his unhurried and thoughtful piano style. His superb music composition skills compliment his storyteller approach to music magically. He quietly weaves a tale that can be not only heard but felt too. With this album, aptly titled “Americas”, Marcos desired to meld the many influences of the music of the western hemisphere into a beautiful presentation of New World modern jazz, Latin America’s smooth funky rhythms, and smooth jazz to the global musical conversation. He succeeded in that quest epically.
The first cut on the album is the title track Americas, and it exemplifies Marcos’ desire to meld the music of the two great continents of the Western Hemisphere. The song is smooth and mellow, and it demonstrates the varied influences that Marcos embraces. The steady Carioca undercurrent is intertwined with the smooth jazz groove of North America and the effect is that of pure delicate emotion. It’s a peaceful excursion that takes the listener on a gentle ride; the song seems to speak of the grandeur of the natural beauty that exists in the vast stretches of sparsely populated area of the land while also bringing to mind the people of the hemisphere who give their countries the diverse cultural differences of the various regions. It’s an exotic ride for not just the people to whom this land is foreign, but it’s just as exotic for those who live here too. Sometimes the familiar is too familiar and one loses the sense of awe that newcomers are so keenly aware of. Music like this makes even those who have been on this side of the ocean all their lives sit up and take notice of all there is to appreciate in the natural beauty of the landscape as well as the beauty of the people of which we are all a part of. It’s the freshness of the work that allows us to see this land as Marcos’ musical story telling describes it; a land of immense beauty and multiplied races of beautiful people. “Americas”, the common cradle of the music, the flora and fauna, and the listeners (at least those on this side of the Atlantic Ocean).
Song two is a continuation of the beautifully mellow mood that Marcos has set in the first cut. The song titled After You Left is a relatively short piece, but its smooth and lovely as it brings about the calm cool ambience of sound and space; a space that is larger than the sum of the individual musical instruments parts being played. The song seems to lull your senses into a place that allows clarity of thought and the letting go of outside noise and clutter. Once again, the music brings the cultural vagaries of the many different nations into the music. It simmers like a slow stew of diverse ingredients on a warm kitchen stove. One can almost smell the delicious dinner being prepared for appreciative guests. The song is grounded by a strong yet subtle bass line (sorry, I could not discover the name of the player). The bass is a demonstration of the North American influence into the international jazz landscape, and although it carries the song, Marcos’ composition skills never allow it to overpower the number; it merely and gracefully augments the mood and character of this beautiful ballad. This song is superb in its simplicity and charm. Marcos’s years of playing and writing are on full display in the most understated and fascinating way imaginable.
Copacabana Strut, the fourth number on this album, begins with a funky U. S. style bass run that eventually allows the song to morph into a smooth jazz basso-nova track that seems to dance along with the masterful rhythm section. The song combines Marcos’ piano with a smooth jazz organ, and they fill the melody with their cool interplay, all the while the bass keeps this high flying band firmly grounded as it weaves its dance beat into the fray. The smooth quartet of drums, bass, piano and organ form a tight grooving ensemble that cha-chas with the number being played. The piano seems to plead it case and it urges the listeners to get up on their feet. It’s a mellow number, but at the same time it begs the listener to dance; just like so much of the music of not only this region, but world music in general. That is the thing about music; it and dance go together like hand in glove and to ignore that reality takes away the humanity of it all. Dance cannot be ignored; our bodies just won’t allow it; and the music of the Americas screams this reality, even in a seemingly quiet tune such as this one.
With track seven Marcos pay homage to his home town of Rio. The song is titled Ipanema Sunset. Ipanema is a southern neighborhood of Rio de Janiero. It’s now famous for the song “The Girl from Ipanema” of course, and this song is the offspring of the mood of that now famous place. The song begins with an almost sleepy trumpet intro which is immediately followed by a cool samba beat and the articulated playing of Marcos on the piano. Marcos’ playing is fantastic, and his play is bolstered by the fantastic play of the bassist (whomever he or she may be). The trumpet play of Pauliho is remarkable. It’s understated, but at the same time complex in tenor and feel. Marcos uses a simple solo to keep his story light and mobile. It’s not bogged down with heady articulation, but instead uses simplicity to tell its magical tale. This song is one of the highlights of a highlight filled CD. One can almost see and feel the sun setting on the ocean of the beautiful Ipanema beach as the twilight seems to invite an evening of fun and frivolity. It’s a nice getaway for any vacationer; a place where we’d all love to visit and would never want to leave. And, less I forget, one of the most indispensable and incredible aspects of this song is (as it is with most if not all of the music from this region), the percussion play. The percussionist is absolutely amazing. He (or she), keeps the beat in an interesting, fresh and hip moving fashion. The percussionist alone makes you want to dance. The song would not be what it is without that individual; remarkably stellar play by whomever that person may be (again, I apologize for the lack of information in this aspect).
Song nine Canto Afro may well be the funkiest song on the entire CD. Marcos leads the band on the intro; a heralding three cord statement that sets the funky tone which resonates for the entire song. But it’s the sax that takes center stage on this one. At times the play is reminiscent of Coltrane, and at others its reminiscent of Grover or Eddie Baucus Jr. But whomever you want to compare it to the man is funky. The song is compelling and grooveful. It has an air of the heyday of the jazz fusion era; the late seventies or early eighties. It grooves from beginning to end, and the sax cries and at time screams its grooving voice. The feel and mood are accentuated by the soulful play of the bass and drums which not only ground the tune but keep the ball bouncing along. Although the song is less than four minutes long the players tell a complete story within the allotted time. When it ends you are not disappointed (although I’m sure this song is longer when played live because it grooves so hard), but instead you are satisfied because you have the complete meal; the entire course has been run, and the ending is simply the finish of something great, and you know there is more to follow.
The last piece on the album is the bouncy tune titled Samba in Lapa. The organ is centerpiece on this dance cut. This song tidies up all the loose ends of the Americas with this album. It dances in harmony with all this album attempts to encompass; The feel is lovely and warm, and it urges all to give into the groove of the moment. The organ solo is masterful. The syncopation and counterpoint that the organist uses to drive the dance feel is breezy, light and it is relentless in it’s cry to bring all to the dance-floor. Rio is for vacationers and revelers, and this song exemplifies that characterization of the region. The song is a vacation that you never want to end, and alas, its only four minutes and sixteen seconds long. This song accentuates the concept of this entire album. It’s an excursion into the realm of the Western Hemisphere, particularly the South American region. The sound beacons us to explore and enjoy, if only for a few moments, the allure of the Americas; all of the Americas. It’s an excellently performed offering, and a great introduction to an amazing veteran jazz/smooth jazz artist.
Well, before I get accused of being long-winded, I’d like to take this time to thank any and all of you for dropping by the Corner and checking us out. I appreciate your time and I hope I brought a little levity and fun into your day. I love checking out new and interesting artists, and I love sharing and writing about them with you even more. It really is a privilege and an honor. I also want to take this time to state that “I do not own the rights to any music or video that I have used in this article. I would refer anyone who is interested in my use thereof to the “Fair Use” clause of the law”.
Now that that is out of the way, please feel free to leave us any feedback or comments in the space provided, and as things settle with the new site, we promise to get back to you. Also, please tell your family and friends about us. We’d love for them to join us here too, and if there are any albums, acts or bands you’d like us to check out, drop us a line in the comment section as well. And since I mentioned “video”, I’d like to share this link to a video of Marcos showing off his jazz chops while playing the famous song Girl From Ipanema. Yeah, the man can play straight jazz too!
You can find all of Marcos Ariel’s music on the NMoJazz search engine.
Well, that’s all for now. Thanks again for dropping by, and as always, next time “Catch You On The Corner”.
Christian Sands / Facing Dragons The sweet sound of the Sands of time. January 15, 2019 New 2018 Release
Twentynine year old pianist Christian Sands’ musical footprint is much larger than the number of years he’s accumulated on this planet. His sound is not only mature beyond his age, but his style and technique are timeless. I am not certain who his musical influences are, but as I listen, I hear an amalgamation of many of the great predecessors of the instrument and the genre.
A straight-ahead jazz man, Christian’s style not only encompasses that realm of the music, but he touches upon multiple genres to achieve his complexity and all the subtle nuances of his highly accomplished play. To be fair, there are many rising star pianists within the jazz, neo-soul, and smooth jazz designations, but none surpass the artistry, virtuosity, and exceptional compositional skills of this young man. In fact, all but one of the nine songs on this album were composed by Christian, and the one song that he didn’t’ compose is a reimagination of Paul McCarthy’s “Yesterday” (more on that one later).
Christian has a powerful left hand, speed, articulation, and he is conceptionally skilled and seasoned. His delivery denotes a sharp and practiced mind with a skill for not only what sounds good, but also what conveys the mood he wants his audience to feel. This young man has all the attributes of a master musician who (D.V.), will be an influential player for quite some time.
The first song on this CD is the aptly titled Rebel Music. I say its “aptly titled” because Christian attacks this song. His left hand begins the tune with a level of ferocity that assaults the listener with funk and drive; he and bassist Yasushi Nakamura groove on the intro, after which the two, along with drummer Jerome Jennings finally bring a small measure of rest to the listener’s psyche as they settle into the body of the melody. At this point Christian allows himself the opportunity to explore a nuanced sensitivity of thought and expression as his mind and keyboard explore the body of the composition. It’s beautiful and intriguing, and it’s rife with thought expressed within his impressionistic improvisations. The song feels as though it is being birthed at the exact moment you hear it; it’s virgin in its simplicity but mature in its complexity; it’s a balance that requires the soul of a master artist to achieve, and Christian achieves it with graceful ease. At times, this trio sounds much larger than the three players; their sound is broad, full and spacious; it fills the room with beautifully majestic sound. This introduction to this album is outstanding, and it’s a worthy listen for any music lover.
Next up is the exotic Fight For Freedom . This tumultuous tune is nearly hectic in its presentation. It seems to speak of not only the fight of the American black people’s struggle for freedom and equality, but also that same struggle of the South African black people and those of the African diaspora as well. The juxtaposition of African drums and western horn and piano seem to mirror the two worlds’ intertwined experience with the racial divide and struggle of a people who fought to be recognized as such.
Trumpeter Keyon Harrold
The music itself, particularly the horns, play in a style reminiscent of the 1960’s. The horn section plays licks that are the echoes of many of the jazz bands of that era, and in fact, the entire composition screams of that time period, and the turmoil of those desperate years. Keyon Harrold plays a polished 60’s jazz era style trumpet, while Marcus Strickland responds with a desperately mournful saxophone. Christian’s epic playing style is reflective of a great pianist of that era (and the 1970’s), one of my favorites, Mr. McCoy Tyner. When taken in its entirety, this beautiful and sorrowful tune gives the listener a short journey into another era, and allows all of us to remember the struggle, and inspires us to carry the torch forward for the succeeding generations. Yes, you can get all of that from simply listening to a song with no words; that’s the magic of music.
The third song on this award worthy CD is Paul McCarty’s Yesterday. Christian initially plays this song in a pretty much straight up almost pedestrian style for a few bars but immediately channels his inner Ramsey Lewis and breaks into a funky groove right at the Chorus. The trio of Sands, Nakamura and Jennings are again featured on this song; they groove with a slow smoldering funk on an old tune. Bassist Nakamura’s playing is funky, cool and understated, and Jennings drum play is solid, groovy and tight as he lays down the tempo for the other 2/3rd of the trio to frolic upon (and yes, he frolics as well!). After the second chorus Christian takes flight into a passioned expansion on the theme. His play is not only excellent but it’s also creative and exuberant. He shows why he is one of the most sought-after young jazz pianists of this era. He emotes like most cannot. He feels the music and expresses himself through it with style and individuality. His play is remarkable and fresh. This is one of the brightest renditions of this song that I’ve heard in a long time. Truly excellent!
The forth song on the CD is Sangueo Soul. It’s a Calypso tune that makes you want to get off your seat and dance. It begins with a Jennings on the drum, and percussionist Cristian Rivera on the congas playing an afro Cuban beat that is worthy of any island in the Caribbean Islands, or the streets of New Orleans. They lay down a funky Calypso beat that guitarist Caio Afiune and Christian begin to groove on. After the first break Jennings introduces a bottom-heavy off beat interlude that Christian picks up and expands upon, all the while the congas pronounce an odd, almost halting Cuban beat with its voodoo feel that is central to the overall exotic feel of this tune. They again pick up the familiar Calypso beat and bring back the easy dance steps which introduce Roberto Quintero on the clarin horn. The effect is a party on the island with Christians remarkable left-hand counterpoint which accentuates the bouncing melody he plays with his right. The music dances and invites others to dance with it. This band becomes a dance band with world class level jazz chops. These boys unapologetically lay it down on this fun calypso tune.
Song number eight is titled Samba De Vela which can mean either Samba of the Sail, or Samba of the Candle (as Vela can mean either of the two). On this song Christian allows the smooth and mellow playing of guitarist Caio Afiune to take precedence. The tune has the most hint of the smooth jazz sound on this album, but it’s still heavy enough for straight jazz lovers too. Regardless, this is a beautifully quiet Samba. It dances and flows in gentle tranquility, just like a flickering candle, or a sail pulling a boat along a calm lake. Midway through this dance, Christian softly interjects with musical thoughts of his own, and then the two players combine in a duet that is calming and lovely. Throughout this interplay of piano and guitar, the steady and inspired presence of Nakamura and Jennings can be felt. These two underpin that tranquil mood expertly while Cristian Rivera’s percussion lends the Samba feel to the tune. This is the guitar’s song, and even during Christian’s solo, he underplays his role to allow the other instruments to shine in the front. This is song is another smooth curve on a well-rounded album; it’s another course in a fantastic memorable dinner.
The album closes with Rhodes to Meditation, and as the title hints at, the Fender Rhodes is the lone instrument on this tune. It’s a fitting way to close this album. The solo keyboard chimes as it plays its slow meditative benediction. Christian appropriately closes out this album in prayerlike fashion. It’s a final prayer of gratitude for such a fine effort and accomplishment, and although it stands alone in theme and concept on this CD, it does not feel out of place at all.
This is a very fine CD by an accomplished and award-winning pianist. It’s worth the money for any music lover, and I recommend it highly. I expect to see this CD in the Grammy nominations for 2018, and if its not, then that a knock of the Grammys and is no way indicative of the worthiness of this album. I am looking forward to more from this fine artist in the very near future, and I, for one, would love to see him in concert.
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B. B. Suber
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