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To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Small Faces' debut release, this 5 CD boxed set includes all recordings the band made for Decca, alongside rarities, alternative versions, previously unavailable recordings and a disc of BBC sessions. All audio has been remastered from the original analog sources under the supervision of drummer Kenney Jones. This lift off lid box also includes a 72-page booklet with a wealth of rare and previously unseen photos and memorabilia plus four post cards.
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.