The use of female nudes on some Venus covers has caused a bit of controversy, limiting their marketing in stores and on some websites (one of which substituted the back cover to promote Kenny Werner
's recent With a Song in My Heart
) while several Venus artists have complained about their use. But Tetsuo Hara is convinced that his packaging is essential to his CDs. "Venus Jazz recordings reflect my total artistic concept of music, cover art and overall sound quality that I most prefer and choose. When these recordings appeal and resonate well with a lot of listeners in the world, that makes me very happy."