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Donald Byrd (trumpet)
Hank Mobley (tenor saxophone)
Herbie Hancock (piano)
Kenny Burrell (guitar)
Donald Best (vibraphone, vocals)
Butch Warren (bass)
Lex Humphries (drums)
Duke Pearson (arranger)
Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson (choir direction)
Recorded January 12, 1963 in Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Originally released as Blue Note BLP 4124 (mono) and BST 84124 (stereo)
“In preparing these hi def remasters, we were very conscientious about maintaining the feel of the original releases while adding a previously unattainable transparency and depth. It now sounds like you've set up your chaise lounge right in the middle of Rudy Van Gelder's studio!” - Blue Note President, Don Was.
A New Perspective is considered to be one of the best and most successful uses of a gospel choir in a jazz context. Along with a chorus, Byrd was backed by a potent lineup of Blue Note allstars. Byrd himself said about the album, "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."