LT011: Jake Long
Artwork: Ollie Macdonald Oulds
We’re overjoyed to re-up an all new guest mix series with fresh artwork courtesy of Manchester/London-based illustrator Ollie Macdonald Oulds. Kicking things off is drummer, producer, digger and all-round gent Jake Long.
Jake’s perhaps best known as drummer and band-leader of LT favourite, Maisha. Featured in our Sound of ‘17 back in January, Maisha have been making waves on the London jazz scene all year - selling out Church of Sound’s first birthday with a show saluting Alice Coltrane’s songbook in June, performing a heavy Boiler Room set in July and, more recently, supporting Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah at the EFG London Jazz Festival. With their debut studio album on the horizon, we can’t wait to hear what 2018 has in store.
Aside from his activities with Maisha, Jake also provides the core rhythm section for Susso, SE Dub Collective, Poppy Ajudha, Jamie Isaac and Where Pathways Meet, as well as lending his talents to one of our favourite projects of 2017, Idiom, with Joe Armon-Jones and Maxwell Owin.
Having released a beat tape a few years back, his productions are also something to keep an eye on. Taking things in a slightly different direction, he’s been recently working on a 12” inspired by a trip to Berlin’s Tresor. More on that soon...
This mix was originally recorded just before the Church of Sound gig in June. It channels the spiritual atmosphere of that special evening, covering music from the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Pharoah Sanders, Yusef Lateef and of course, Alice Coltrane. The transition from Fela Kuti to Alice Coltrane is a personal highlight; absolutely delicious. A 90-minute journey through some of the finest in spiritual jazz, Afrobeat and West African sounds, this mix paints the perfect picture of where Jake Long takes his inspiration from.
You can catch Jake playing with both Maisha and Idiom at the Jazz Cafe on 6 December. In the meantime, dig into Jake Long’s mix of sonic bliss.
Dizzy Gillespie - Kush (1967)
Oumou Sangaré - Kounadya (2009)
John Coltrane - Crescent (1964)
Fela Kuti - Opposite People (1977)
Alice Coltrane - Turiya & Ramakrishna (1970)
Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba - Bassekou (2006)
Al Dobson Jr - Xingu (2016)
Slim Ali & The Famous Hodi Boys - Watoto Nyara (1976)
Pharoah Sanders - Morning Prayer (1971)
Solomon Ilori - Ise Oluwa (1963)
Elvin Jones - Frost Bite (1977)
Yusef Lateef - Like It Is (1968)