Sonny Clark: Leapin' and Lopin' - JazzWax

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February 26, 2008


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Chris H

I really dig Sonny, "Cool Struttin'" was the 1st RVG I ever bought.

Mike Milner

I was so glad to see your entry on Sonny, so many of us love his playing. My personal favorite is "Cool Struttin'", but I also have "Sonny's Crib" and "Sonny Clark Trio".
There is a very powerful and poignant passage in Oscar Peterson's autobiography about his friendship with Sonny, and how he was witness to the terrible effects of addiction on Sonny. In Hampton Hawes' book "Raise Up Off Me", there are some grim passages about he and Sonny in the depths of their drug addictions and trying to survive in New York. How tragic is it that such a talent as Sonny, who had so much to give, left us so soon?


Thank you for your review. I just followed your advice and had a fine import edition of Leapin' And Lopin'. A real Classic in the best sense. I grew with John Zorn's News For Lulu in my ears and this makes today the original tunes and performers even more touching and admirable to me.

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