From Osaka-based label Atelier Sawano comes this beautifully-recorded jazz trio recording starring pianist Manabu Ohishi. The label’s concept of “hand-made jazz” features jazz music which one could describe as having Japanese attention to detail and craftsmanship with European touches. On Wish, the music upholds the classic jazz piano trio tradition, evoking lyrical jazz trio recordings such as those from the Bill Evans Trio.

Ohishi’s strength as a romantic melodist is evident as the opening notes from the piano sound, heavy with sentimentality. His vibrant improvisations often unspool with passion, as if he is pushing notes out physically from the piano, squeezing out as much expression and emotion as possible.

Another moving feature is Ohishi’s lovely reharmonization of popular standards, here with “My Foolish Heart” and “What A Wonderful World”, adding alluring deepness to these ballads.

Wish by Manabu Ohishi Trio

Released in 2010 on Atelier Sawano as AS-100.

Japanese Names: Manabu Ohishi 大石学



Audio and Video

Other links: Excerpt from the opening track, "I'm Yours":

© Brian McCrory 2018
Apr 10, 2018