Just received word that SSJ Records' three April releases by Carole Simpson, Leslie Lewis and Gerard Hagen, and Kurt Reichenbach all received rave reviews in the May issue of Japan's prestigious Swing Journal, with the latter two scoring five stars (tops) and Simpson's hitting just shy of that with 4 1/2. Can't help kvelling for Yasuo Sangu and Toshio Kobari who are friends/associates of mine, and who also oversee operation of the label.
Now let's just hope that the critical groundswell is large enough so that some or all of these terrific artists might be able to record again for the label and maybe even perform in Japan on the strength of these excellent reviews. (More info on the releases below on this blog).
Tokorode: They still have music in Japan!