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Hearing Voices: From California With Love

Rare is the American jazz artist whose career hasn’t been expanded, extended or otherwise enriched by Japanese fans. Now, more than a dozen West Coast … Read More "Hearing Voices: From California With Love"

Rare is the American jazz artist whose career hasn’t been expanded, extended or otherwise enriched by Japanese fans. Now, more than a dozen West Coast performers are reciprocating with From California With Love. Masterminded by Bill Reed of SSJ Records, all proceeds from the 13-track compilation will be contributed to the ongoing relief efforts for the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan this past March.

The project was born the morning after the disaster when Reed phoned vocalist Diane Hubka to inquire about the welfare of several mutual Japanese friends. Hubka suggested the multi-artist CD idea. Reed immediately reached out to current and former SSJ artists and received unilateral support for the idea. Almost all have either toured Japan or gained career support through Japanese reissues of their work. All currently reside in California. The artists were welcome to choose whatever song they preferred, with one caveat: Reed wanted the album to be thematically upbeat, ideally filled with selections that reinforced cross-cultural empathy.

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