- Released: October 17, 1990
- Label: OJC
- 1.Raggedy Ann
- 2.A Waltz for Fran
- 3.Lee-Sure Time
- 4.Little Spain
- 5.Take Twelve
- 6.Second's Best - (Take 5)
- 7.Second's Best - (Take 1, bonus track)
Lee Morgan Quintet: Lee Morgan (trumpet); Clifford Jordan (tenor saxophone); Barry Harris (piano); Bob Cranshaw (bass); Louis Hayes (drums).
Recorded at Plaza Sound Studios, New York, New York on January 24, 1962. Originally released on Jazzland (980). Includes liner notes by Ira Gitler.
Digitally remastered by Joe Tarantino (1989, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California.
Personnel: Lee Morgan (trumpet); Clifford Jordan (tenor saxophone); Barry Harris (piano); Louis Hayes (drums).
Recording information: New York, NY (01/24/1962).
Unknown Contributor Roles: Clifford Jordan; Barry Harris ; Bob Cranshaw.
Get this recording just for Louis Hayes' cooking hi-hat work on the opening cut "Raggedy Ann." Following the head, Morgan prowls around the confines of the groove, poking this way and that, then finally releasing into a straight-ahead swing feel after four taut choruses. "Lee-Sure Time" has a similar brooding quality, with stark trumpet and tenor harmonies that evoke the Jazz Messengers--no surprise, considering this is the first album Morgan made after a stint with Blakey that ran from 1958 to 1961.
Saxophonist Clifford Jordan contributes "Little Spain," a jazz waltz with a sunny disposition that gets propulsive treatment, particularly during pianist Barry Harris' solo. Morgan's 3/4-time contribution, "A Waltz For Fran," is decidedly moodier, with brushwork from Hayes coloring the trumpeter's melancholy throughout. With Elmo Hope's serpentine title track and the closer, Morgan's "Second's Best" both swinging hard in minor keys, TAKE TWELVE qualifies as vintage early-'60s hard bop.