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.
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."
The album was remastered in 1998 by Rudy Van Gelder.
- "Elijah" (Byrd) - 9:21
- "Beast of Burden" (Byrd) - 10:07
- "Cristo Redentor" (Duke Pearson) - 5:43
- "The Black Disciple" (Byrd) - 8:12
- "Chant" (Pearson) - 7:31