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A New Perspective

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A New Perspective
Studio album by
ReleasedEarly February 1964[1]
RecordedJanuary 12, 1963 (1963-01-12)
StudioVan Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
GenreJazz, hard bop
LabelBlue Note
ProducerAlfred Lion
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The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings [3]

A New Perspective is a 1964 studio album by jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd. It was released on the Blue Note label as BLP 4124 and BST 84124.

In 2017, it was ranked at number 194 on Pitchfork's list of the "200 Best Albums of the 1960s".[4] The album was remastered by Rudy Van Gelder in 1998.


The album features a fusion of jazz with spirituals, and features a vocal choir singing wordlessly to accompany the instruments.

About the project, Byrd said: "I mean this album seriously. Because of my own background, I've always wanted to write an entire album of spiritual-like pieces. The most accurate way I can describe what we were all trying to do is that this is a modern hymnal. In an earlier period, the New Orleans jazzmen would often play religious music for exactly what it was - but with their own jazz textures and techniques added. Now, as modern jazzmen, we're also approaching this tradition with respect and great pleasure."[5]

Track listing[edit]

1."Elijah"Donald Byrd9:21
2."Beast of Burden"Donald Byrd10:07
3."Cristo Redentor"Duke Pearson5:43
4."The Black Disciple"Donald Byrd8:12
5."Chant"Duke Pearson7:31




Chart Peak
US Billboard 200[6] 110


  1. ^ Billboard February 22, 1964
  2. ^ Yanow, Scott. "A New Perspective - Donald Byrd | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved August 24, 2017.
  3. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 213. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
  4. ^ "The 200 Best Albums of the 1960s (1/10)". Pitchfork. August 23, 2017. Retrieved August 24, 2017.
  5. ^ Original liner notes
  6. ^ "Donald Byrd - Awards". AllMusic. Archived from the original on 2014-08-01. Retrieved October 8, 2017.

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