Sonny Clark – Leapin´ And Lopin´ (Full Album)

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Leapin’ and Lopin’ is an album by jazz pianist Sonny Clark, released on Blue Note Records, recorded in 1961, and issued in 1962 . It was Clark’s last album as a leader before his death in 1963. It features a guest appearance from sax player Ike Quebec, who was mounting a comeback after a decade of low visibility. The rhythm section of Clark, Butch Warren, and Billy Higgins would also appear on sessions with Dexter Gordon yielding his albums for Blue Note Go! and A Swingin’ Affair.

The Allmusic review by Michael G. Nastos awarded the album 4½ stars and stated “Top to bottom, Leapin’ and Lopin’ is a definitive recording for Clark, and in the mainstream jazz idiom, as well.”



Track listing:

A1 Somethin’ Special ( Sonny Clark) 0:00
A2 Deep In A Dream (DeLange, Van Heusen) 6:23
A3 Melody For C ( Sonny Clark) 13:11
B1 Eric Walks (Butch Warren) 21:02
B2 Voodoo ( Sonny Clark) 26:43
B3 Midnight Mambo (Tommy Turrentine) 34:23


Butch Warren – bass
Billy Higgins – drums
Sonny Clark – piano
Charlie Rouse, Ike Quebec (tracks: A2) – tenor saxophone
Tommy Turrentine – trumpet


Released: End of April 1962[1]
Recorded: November 13, 1961
Studio: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Length: 41:35 original LP
55:31 CD reissue
Label: Blue Note
BST 84091
Producer: Alfred Lion