Mark Soskin (4 stars)

One Hopeful Day

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Mark Soskin

(Kind of Blue Records)

JAZZ

Pianist Mark Soskin has long seemed one of those musicians destined to be pretty much the perennial sideman, turning in high-class performances for a range of other leaders, from Sonny Rollins downwards. It is good, then, to see him get another chance to lead his own session, and to produce such a fine result in this sparkling disc of swinging and creative contemporary jazz.

Not that he goes in for any grand-standing. This is very much a group effort, and his intelligent, beautifully focused playing is complemented by Chris Potter’s assertive saxophone and a killer rhythm team of John Patitucci on bass and Bill Stewart on drums, with guitarist John Abercrombie as special guest on a couple of tunes. He includes three of his own compositions alongside four jazz standards and fine interpretations of Monk’s ‘Bemsha Swing’ and Chick Corea’s ‘Inner Space’.

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