JMSN (pronounced Jameson) is the stage name of Christian Berishaj, Albanian-American multi-instrumentalist, producer, and songwriter. He is currently touring the U.S. with a full band of extremely talented musicians on guitar, bass, drum kit, keyboard, saxophone, and backup vocals. In addition to each individual player’s obvious talent, the band worked seamlessly as a group, moving from choruses into improvised solos and back, turning each song from JMSN’s third album, “It Is.”, into a ten-minute long, grooving masterpiece that could never be recreated in the same way.
I had been listening JMSN’s recent album before attending the show and was excited to hear his beautiful, soulful vocals, but I walked away from the show really impressed by how effective he is as a band leader. Berishaj and company were clearly having a blast on stage and I attribute the success of the performance not just to Berishaj’s vocals and songwriting, but also to the synchronicity of the band and both the energy and technical skill of each individual band-member. JMSN’s last song, Cruel Intentions, which on the album is only 2 minutes and 40 seconds long, turned into a 15-minute jam-session including solos from saxophone, bass guitar, and drums, as well as an instrumental breakdown that led into the end of the song. But the audience wanted more, and when someone in front of me started chanting, “JA-ME-SON! JA-ME-SON,” everyone joined in and didn’t stop until the band came back for an equally exuberant encore.
You can listen to JMSN’s 2016 album It Is. via SoundCloud below or purchase it via Apple Music.