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on 4 September 2017
Excellent music, arrived on time and no problems
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on 31 October 2008
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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VINE VOICEon 27 February 2001
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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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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This unusual album dates from 1963. For many years I only knew of one trach: "Cristo Redentor" because it featured on the "Best of Blue Note" CD. Because I found that track beautiful and attractive I eventually bought tehe whole (short by modern standards) CD. "Crist Redentor" remains my favourite track but all five of the tracks are good listening.
I described this septet album unusual because in addition to the star studded line-up (Byrd, Mobley, Donald Best (vibes), Burrell, Hancock, Butch Warren (b) and Lex Humphries (d)) there is a choir (led by Coleridge Perkinson; arrangements by Duke Pearson). The music is very gospel influenced and the liaison between the band and choir is immaculate. And although the whole project is led by Donald Byrd this is by no means a Byrd spectacular. The whole band get their individual chance to shine as well as play in unison.
Relaxing, skilful musicianship. Well worth the asking price.
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on 8 June 2014
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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on 25 August 2014
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on 26 March 2000
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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on 20 July 2015
This is something of a novelty - a hard bop record fleshed out with choir. Until I snapped up this record, the only track I was familiar with was "Cristo Redentor" which is the stand out on the album and, to be honest, prompted my desire to want to hear the rest of the disc. It also helps that the album cover is rather iconic.

Blue Note rarely issued albums that could be considered to be poor but it is fair to say that few have aged quite so poorly as this disc. There are good points about this record (the show is stolen by the young Herbie Hancock on piano and vibes player Donald Best is surprisingly good) but as good as Byrd's playing is, the arrangements by Duke Pearson are a bit pedestrian by today's standards and the playing is sometimes a bit rugged. I admire the concept and feel a bit guilty about being curmudgeonly about this record but , once the novelty has worn off, this is essentially a rather ordinary hard bop session augmented by an average choir that sounds like it was shooed in from a 1950's B-movie. The band may be stellar, but only Hancock really shines and Kenny Burrell is limited to playing a bit part. I'm a bit on the fence about Hank Mobley as he can be compelling in a more challenging setting and then sound uninspired. On this disc, he is so-so.

In the hands of some of today's jazz composers, the writing for voices could have been more interesting. Duke Pearson was rather new to writing for voices and the arrangements are not too sophisticated. I've always felt Pearson was a bit of a journeyman and whilst you can admire Donald Byrd's vision, other than "Cristo Redentor", "A new Perspective" neither sounds "new" or entirely radical. Interesting but not an essential album, in my opinion.
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