Making of ”Build”

Side A:

1. Crickets
2. Beauty Box
3. Low Blow
4. Lure

Side B:

1. Magnetic
2. Drive
3. In Between
4. Build

released March 22, 2024

Music, sound and instruments by Jussi Jaakonaho

Abdissa Assefa – percussion (A1, B1)
Joakim Berghäll – tenor saxophone (A1)
Dana Colley – baritone & tenor saxophone (A3)
Glenn Kotche – percussion (B2)
Antti Lötjönen – upright bass (B3)
Amalia Martinez – vocals (A1)
Tuomo Prättälä – grand piano (B3)
Niko Votkin – drums (A1, A2, B2, B3)

Recorded & mixed at Ático
Drums recorded at Ambience Studios by Abdissa Assefa
Mastered & cut by Jaakko Viitalähde at Virtalähde Mastering

Cover art by Emmi Malmström
Graphic design by Emmi Malmström & Jussi Jaakonaho

© & Ⓟ Ático Music 2024

Ghost Riot

Jaakonaho: Ghost Riot

Side A:

  1. What Suits You
  2. Frogs & Dogs
  3. Cold Feet
  4. Trails

Side B:

  1. Ghost Riot
  2. Secret Sauce
  3. Zelig
  4. Half Gone

All music, sound & instruments by Jussi Jaakonaho except: Joakim Berghäll – saxophones, bass clarinet, flute, horn arrangement (A4), Juho Viljanen – trombones (A4), Niko Votkin – drums (A3, A4, B2, B3), Aarne Riikonen – percussion (A1-A3, B2), Juha Kuoppala – Electric Piano (B2), Janne Auvinen & Jani Lehtioksa: additional percussion (A3).

Recorded in Helsinki at Sonic Pump (assistant engineer – Miiro Varjus), Ático & Hitsville IV. Mixed at Ático. Mastered at Chartmakers by Svante Forsbäck

Cover design by Jussi S. Karjalainen

GPOP-LP-20, ℗ & © Grandpop Records 2017, All Rights Reserved.

Release Date 1/9/2017


“A well-known Finnish guitarist and producer, this is Jussi Jaakonaho’s solo debut, and it’s mesmerizing. All instrumental, the album has roots in surf and instro guitar, but Jaakonaho is drawing influences from all over the globe, from vintage Hollywood film scores to African and South American rhythms.”

– Pete Prown / Vintage Guitar Magazine

“I played that new guitar instrumental LP “Ghost Riot” by Jaakonaho – I really dug that. Very psychedelic as well as jazzy.”.

– David Fricke, senior editor / Rolling Stone magazine

”Wow, it sounds like some Lanois shit, actually.. little Marc Ribot action too for sure. Just remember that name you guys!”

– Marc Maron

Jussi Jaakonaho is a Finnish household name in music; awarded producer, guitarist and composer who has toured with major Finnish artists for years and worked on dozens of Finnish hit records. He has also toured and recorded in the USA extensively with the band The Latebirds. Working with the band led him to record with some of America’s finest: Levon Helm, Benmont Tench, Nels Cline and David Rawlings. In 2012 he hit the European World Music Charts top 20 with Tanzanian Ashimba as a producer and guitar player on the album Wakukaya. Jaakonaho’s music is a journey to the ends of the world and the listener makes it without physically moving. The music retains a steady orientation towards its roots, too. Despite all the influences and amid its fervent reaching out into the world, the music sounds very Finnish.

Jaakonaho’s highly anticipated second instrumental solo album, “Build,” was released in stores and on streaming platforms on March 22, 2024. The album’s title is inspired by his recently deceased father, who, even in his final days, was drawing architectural plans.

The collection of eight new original songs features domestic and international guests: the track “Low Blow” is flavored with baritone and tenor saxophones from Dana Colley, known from the legendary Boston band The Morphine. Glenn Kotche, the drummer of Wilco, contributes percussion on the song “Drive.” The grand piano played by Tuomo Prättälä enhances the atmosphere of the song “In Between,” engaging in a dialogue with Jaakonaho’s guitar, while Joakim Berghäll’s tenor saxophone solo adds depth to the rich sound of “Crickets.”

This new album presents a deeper musical and personal update compared to Jaakonaho’s previous work, “Ghost Riot,” which skillfully blended genres from jazz to trance beats to ethnic rhythms. “I knew even after completing ‘Ghost Riot’ that I needed to create more music at some point. The gap between album releases just turned out to be longer than I had thought. At times, the tones and genres of the music surprised even myself, but I let it happen as it came. Sometimes it’s best to just watch from the sidelines as the music takes its own course, without interfering too much. I don’t adhere to dogma, nor did I want to limit or define my musical goals beforehand. As for the creative process, quite a few songs began on the piano, an instrument I hardly know how to play at all! The new songs have emerged to some extent as a result of a painful phase in life, but I hear peace and solace in the music. I like the idea of letting the atmosphere settle and not disrupting it for the wrong reasons, which can sometimes happen with a wrong kind of a compositional ambition,” Jaakonaho reflects on the background of the new album.

“It seems that some of us build while others tear down, even destroy. Both concrete and abstract things. For some, it’s easy to build connections between people, promote understanding, and communicate. For others, people and possessions are just tools for advancing their own agenda. It’s not a phenomenon unique to our time, but there are new and increasingly effective channels for expressing it. ‘Build’ reflects what kind of music maker I am now, and through that, a lot about the kind of person I am at this moment. Hopefully, I can establish a connection with the listener,” Jaakonaho concludes.