Mark Samuel Soskin, 12 July 1953, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. Playing piano from childhood, Soskin developed into a gifted player and became an especially notable accompanist. After studying at Colorado State University, he attended Berklee College Of Music before moving to the west coast where he played with Pete Escovedo and Sheila E. Others with whom he worked in the 70s were Mel Martin, Roger Glenn, Eddie Henderson, Bill Summers, a band that also included newcomer Dianne Reeves, Billy Cobham, Ray Obiedo and towards the end of the decade Sonny Rollins. His association with the latter proved to be especially fruitful and Soskin played and recorded again with the saxophonist over the next dozen years.
In the 80s and 90s, Soskin performed and often recorded with artists such as Astrud Gilberto, George Russell, Jon Lucien, Stanley Turrentine, Jeanie Stahl, Nanette Natal, Herbie Mann, Hendrik Muerkens, Ronnie Cuber and Steve Slagle....