Manabu Ohishi Trio: Wish

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 with European touches and a Japanese attention to detail and craftsmanship. 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 are 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.

Leader: Manabu Ohishi · 大石学 ·


  • Manabu Ohishi – piano
  • Jean-Philippe Viret – bass
  • Simon Goubert – drums


Released in 2010 on Atelier Sawano as AS-100.


Here is a different version (not on this album) of Ohishi’s song “Continuous Rain”:

* Audio sample at top of page is an excerpt from the opening track, “I’m Yours”.