Sonny Clark : Leapin' and Lopin'

Sonny Clark : Leapin' and Lopin'


Sonny Clark (piano), Tommy Turrentine (trumpet), Charlie Rouse (tenor sax), Butch Warren (bass), Billy Higgins (drums)

Blue Note 4091

Music Matters Records : 2 LPs 180 gram (45rpm)

Brand New and Sealed Record

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1 - Somethin' Special
2 - Deep in a Dream
3 - Melody for C
4 - Eric Walks
5 - Voodoo
6 - Midnight Mambo

Recorded on November 13, 1961 at Rudy Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

It is some jazz musicians' fate to be better known after their death then they were during their lifetime, to be considered a legend today when they were actually overshadowed by others during their prime. Sonny Clark, who died in January 1963 at the age of 31 due to self-abuse was well documented during 1957-62 but he never achieved the headlines of Thelonious Monk, Oscar Peterson and Dave Brubeck, to name just three more famous pianists from the time. Blue Note fans have always known about Clark since he led seven superb albums for the label. Fans of Bud Powell knew that Clark was one of his top disciples, and collectors of Buddy DeFranco's records of the early 1950s were aware of his contributions to the clarinetist's recordings. But to a general public that bought Erroll Garner and George Shearing records, Sonny Clark was an unknown name. It was not until after his death that the music world seemed to finally realize what it had lost.

On Leapin And Lopin, his last recording as a leader, Clark for the first and only time leads a quintet featuring trumpeter Tommy Turrentine and tenor-saxophonist Charlie Rouse. The pianist introduces a few of his final originals, takes many sparkling solos, and is heard at the peak of his powers, carving out his place in jazz history. This is timeless music and, although Sonny Clark may have been taken for granted during his life, he is now rightfully considered one of jazz's irreplaceable immortals.

Like all Music Matters Jazz releases, this audiophile vinyl reissue is remastered by Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman at Acoustech from the original analogue Van Gelder studio tapes and pressed on 180g virgin vinyl at RTI in Camarillo, CA. The highest quality gatefold cover features original session photography on the inside.