Leapin' and Lopin'

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Leapin' and Lopin'
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Studio album by Sonny Clark
Released End of April 1962[1]
Recorded November 13, 1961
Studio Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Genre Jazz
Length 41:35 original LP
55:31 CD reissue
Label Blue Note
BST 84091
Producer Alfred Lion
Sonny Clark chronology
Sonny Clark Trio
(1960)Sonny Clark Trio1960
Leapin' and Lopin'
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide3/5 stars[3]

Leapin' and Lopin is an album by jazz pianist Sonny Clark, released on Blue Note Records. It was recorded in 1961 and issued in 1962 as BST 84091. It would be Clark's last album as a leader before his death in 1963. The album features a guest appearance from sax player Ike Quebec, who was mounting a comeback after a decade of low visibility.

Michael Nastos of Allmusic writes that "Top to bottom Leapin' and Lopin' is a definitive recording for Clark, and really for all time in the mainstream jazz idiom."[4] All About Jazz stated, "Although pianist Sonny Clark had documented much fine music up to this point, one of his final recordings before an untimely death, everything seemed to solidify with this 1961 ringer."[5]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Somethin' Special" (Clark) - 6:23
  2. "Deep in a Dream" (Van Heusen, DeLange) - 6:47
  3. "Melody for C" (Clark) - 7:50
  4. "Eric Walks" (Warren) - 5:41
  5. "Voodoo" (Clark) - 7:39
  6. "Midnight Mambo" (Tommy Turrentine) - 7:15

Bonus tracks on CD reissue:

  1. "Zellmar's Delight" (Clark) - 5:43
  2. "Melody for C" [Alternate Take] - 8:13



  1. ^ Billboard April 28, 1962
  2. ^ At Allmusic
  3. ^ Swenson, J. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. Random House. p. 41. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 
  4. ^ At Allmusic
  5. ^ At All About Jazz