A New Perspective

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.

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 Records
ProducerAlfred Lion
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In 2017, it was ranked at number 194 on Pitchfork's list of the "200 Best Albums of the 1960s".[3] The album was remastered by Rudy Van Gelder in 1998.


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."[4]

Track listing

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[5] 110


  1. Billboard February 22, 1964
  2. Yanow, Scott. "A New Perspective - Donald Byrd | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved August 24, 2017.
  3. "The 200 Best Albums of the 1960s (1/10)". Pitchfork. August 23, 2017. Retrieved August 24, 2017.
  4. Original liner notes
  5. "Donald Byrd - Awards". AllMusic. Archived from the original on 2014-08-01. Retrieved October 8, 2017.

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