A New Perspective

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A New Perspective
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Studio album by Donald Byrd
Released Early February 1964[1]
Recorded January 12, 1963
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Genre Jazz, hard bop
Length 40:37
Label Blue Note Records
BST 84124
Producer Alfred Lion
Donald Byrd chronology
Free Form
(1962)Free Form1962
A New Perspective
Up with Donald Byrd
(1964)Up with Donald Byrd1964
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[2]

A New Perspective is a 1964 album by jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd released on the Blue Note label as BLP 4124 and BST 84124. The performances are mainly in a hard bop style, but the recording also features a gospel choir performing wordless vocals.

The album is widely regarded as one of Byrd's finest, and introduced the song "Cristo Redentor", by Duke Pearson, which became a jazz standard.

The album was remastered in 1998 by Rudy Van Gelder.


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."[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Elijah" (Byrd) - 9:21
  2. "Beast of Burden" (Byrd) - 10:07
  3. "Cristo Redentor" (Duke Pearson) - 5:43
  4. "The Black Disciple" (Byrd) - 8:12
  5. "Chant" (Duke Pearson) - 7:31



  1. ^ Billboard Feb 22, 1964
  2. ^ Yanow, Scott (2011). "A New Perspective - Donald Byrd | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 1 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Original liner notes