The members of Jahman Brahman are no strangers to the Columbus music scene. In fact, they procured Monday nights every week at Kobo (formally Old Fields on High) for over 2 years as they managed to pack the place with hula hoopers and energetic faces; creating a truly festival-esque atmosphere. Their album sounds of spacious jams delivered through dueling guitars, extensive keyboard leads and is constantly filtered out with pick ups of drum and bass. Their live music enlightens fans through upbeat improvisational jams filled with heavy rhythms expanding into a jamtronica flow. With their recent album release titled “Newfields” and a move to Asheville North Carolina, Jahman Brahman is making appropriate moves to become successful and relevant musicians of our time.
Kicking off the album, “Life” catches the listener’s attention through the increasing build of several rhythms changes throughout the song. It’s a unique quality that I found to be consistent through all of their songs. Constant Rhythm changes leave a music lover with a wide open door to internal fulfillment. It will make them want to replay the album over and over while new discoveries are found. With this said, the members of Jahman Brahman are without a doubt highly talented and diversified musicians.
Whereas many jambands may lack in the area of good vocals, Jahman Brahman’s vocals are enjoyable and are delivered in unison with resonating lyrical messages. The song “Appétit” featuring Ed McGee presents overlapping and backup vocals that bring the song to life. The bluegrass rhythm during “Orange Station Loop” flows quite nicely as the song segues into split leads of guitar and keyboards. The album is cleanly polished off with “It Takes Time” featuring Marianne Dobritch bluesy-soul vocals. After knowing and loving what these guys put out on an album, it’s only logical to wonder how the transition will be to the stage playing live. I spent countless evenings exploring the live music of this band, only to find out how positive, creative, and innovative it is.
Playing live is a way to bring your music to life, to do justice to a piece of music, enlightening the heart of the music. Jahman Brahman does all of this when interpreting their music in front of a live audience. I recognize many of the songs being played from the album; however the songs are more intricate and lengthy. The band unfolds memorized notes into improvisational jams while pealing into deep vocals and breaks. They have the ability to not only connect with the audience, but to hold the focus and continue to transcend the energy in the room. I consider the entire vibe of the Jahman Brahman scene to be a loving and interconnected family. Most of the fans are excited to see old faces as well as welcoming new-comers to the room. After all, everyone is there for the same reason; a special evening in the bliss of the music.
Jahman Brahman should be noted for not only the quality in which they play their own songs live, but for also doing justice to a handful of covers woven into any given set. For example, “Wizards in Winter” originally written and performed by the Tran-Siberian Orchestra would be hands-off to many artist when attempting to play. However, Jahman Brahman turns heads in the entire room when they cover this song. Although it may be a surprising song choice to many, the power and professionalism of Jahman’s live delivery of this song is undeniable.
Jahman Brahman has made big steps in their musical career in order to procure a name beyond local musicians. They continue to show love and support to their native town of Columbus Ohio, while continuing to build a larger fan base in Asheville North Carolina and beyond. Their album “Newfields” is one a music lover should own in their collection and seeing them live should be in your future plans, if not already. To download the album “Newfields” visit Bandcamp, ITunes, or Cdbaby. For updates and information on Jahman Brahman visit www.jahmanbrahman.com.
Written by Marcella Neff
Photos by Katie Ramsey