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4.0 out of 5 stars Jazz with vocal Harmonies, 31 Oct 2008
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Brian P. Richards (Manchester) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: A New Perspective (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition) (Audio CD)
This is essentially a concept album which combines vocal harmonies in the style of Do-Wop and Gospel with blues structured jazz.
The comination works fantastically on 'Cristo Redentor', an eerie slow-burner which evokes images of a Sergio Leone western with Byrds spanish scale phrasing pushing he track to a wonderful cresendo.
Not a five star album but Byrd takes this concept as far as it can go.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classy move in what was then a new direction, 27 Feb 2001
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This review is from: A New Perspective (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition) (Audio CD)
I have this album on vinyl and it is one of my prized possesions. It was a definite step in a new direction hence the title "A New Perspective". In a sense you can see Byrd preparing for his move onto more funkier sounds in the early 70's with the Mizell brothers. The first ever track I heard of this album was Beast of Burden and it is a monster, bluesy track that just holds you. The rest of the album just sails along and before you know it you are left wanting more. Most people would go for Byrd's seventies outings but this album and Blackjack are another two Byrd recordings that you should definitely have in your collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars New Perspective: Donald Byrd - This beast is no burden to listen to, 27 July 2011
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Victor (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: A New Perspective (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition) (Audio CD)
Jazz is a musical genre that is all about experimentation and boundary pushing. This 1963 recording from trumpeter Donald Byrd is an example of how this approach leads to some great music.

Not content with just sticking to the bop style, he uses influences from gospel, soul and blues to weave some adventurous musical soundscapes that are accessible to a range of listeners, and not just for the hardened jazz nut. The use of a gospel choir is an inspired touch, it adds a whole new layer of depth and colour to the traditional bop sound. It's classy and classic.

The Rudy Van Gelger edition is a bit of a treat. The remastering, to my ear, is sympathetic and well done. The sound is clear, rich and full on my stereo.

A good solid 4 stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, 8 Jun 2014
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John Murray "jackmurray99" (Monaco) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: A New Perspective (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition) (Audio CD)
Great music throughout but buy buy buy for the beautiful and haunting Cristo Redentor. Highly recommend this cd even to non jazz fans
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1st Blue Note vocals and the best!, 26 Mar 2000
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This review is from: A New Perspective (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition) (Audio CD)
This is the best Donald Byrd album ever! An excellent melange of funk blues and the good old gospel.
This is the first ever Blue Note recording with vocals, and in my opinion the best.
Try it for yourself!
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