"Exceptional compositions that proudly represent jazz’s modern mainstream. This expressive, fully realized album stands toe to toe with the forward-thinking yet tuneful music out of New York that inspired it." Peter Hum, Ottawa Citizen
Prismatic, Juno-nominee Jim Head's newest release, draws inspiration from the vibrant energy and richly creative music of New York City. Chosen as one of the ten best Canadian Jazz albums of 2022 by the Ottawa Citizen's Peter Hum, the record features guitarist/composer Jim Head alongside some of Canada's most acclaimed jazz artists, including Kelly Jefferson on tenor saxophone, pianist Chris Andrew, bassist Rémi-Jean LeBlanc, and drummer Dave Laing.
Prismatic showcases Head's richly detailed, lush, unpredictable, and adventurously melodic compositions. While building on influences like masters Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock, and contemporaries such as Kurt Rosenwinkel, Aaron Parks, and Melissa Aldana, Head has forged a style and sound that is contemporary and distinctly personal.
Highlights include the driving opening track, The Stone; the soulful, powerful Dawnstruck; and Head's tribute to the L Train and the New York Subway experience, Showtime. Deep cuts include the atmospheric open landscape of Potter’s Wheel (inspired by an improvisation by saxophonist Chris Potter), the swinging Prismatic, and Jim’s lament to our times, State of the Union.