In conversation with the immensely talented and engaging pianist Mark Soskin, the word challenge" arises periodically. It's used in a good sense. Simply put, I like to be able to be handed a challenge and then rise to it," he said in conversation, earlier in the summer of 2010.
Diversity is also something he likes. The evidence is in the myriad of projects with which he has involved himself since leaving a golden gig with Sonny Rollins years ago, after holding the piano chair in the Saxophone Colossus' band for about a decade. That variety includes solo concerts, a recording contract with Kind of Blue Records, where has examined the attributes of the jazz quartet, duet projects of varying kinds, and recently a project with singer Roseanna Vitro that examines the music of Randy Newman.
Veteran AllAboutJazz.com contributor R.J. DeLuke spoke with Soskin recently, about his latest album, Man Behind the Curtain (Kind of Blue, 2009), reuniting with Sonny Rollins, and the challenges of bringing the music of Randy Newman into the jazz world.
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