A New Perspective
1 x LP
( 1973 ) 2015 Blue Note reissue on 180g vinyl LP= One of the best of those '70s recordings is the groundbreaking Black Byrd. An upbeat and funky mix of jazz and rhythm & blues, Black Byrd marked the music legend's first collaboration with brothers Larry
Release date: 30-06-2015 (Originally released in 1963)
2015 Blue Note Remastered and Reissued on 180g vinyl= One of the best of those '70s recordings is the groundbreaking Black Byrd, which was issued on Blue Note in 1973 and went on to become the biggest selling album on the label at the time.
An upbeat and funky mix of jazz and rhythm & blues, Black Byrd marked the music legend's first collaboration with brothers Larry and Fonce Mizell who not only contributed in the production and writing departments, but provided musical support here as well. Byrd formed The Blackbyrds in the afterglow of the album's success, a group that consisted of his best Howard University students and with who he recorded a series of albums throughout the remainder of the '70s.
A2 Beast Of Burden
B1 Cristo Redentor
B2 The Black Disciple
One of the great trumpeters to emerge from the 1950s, Donald Byrd helped to define hard bop. Although he gained his greatest fame in the 1970s when he recorded commercially successful funk albums, he was at the height of his swinging powers back in the late-50s and early-60s when he cut a series of history making albums for the Blue Note label.
1963's A New Perspective finds Byrd leading an all-star septet with Hank Mobley (tenor saxophone), Herbie Hancock (piano), Kenny Burrell (guitar), Donald Best (vibraphone, vocals), Butch Warren (bass) and Lex Humphries (drums). What sets the date apart, however, is the gospel and blues arrangements of Duke Pearson and the spiritual 8-piece vocal choir directed by Coleridge Perkinson.
"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." - Donald Byrd
Donald Byrd (trumpet)
Hank Mobley (tenor saxophone)
Herbie Hancock (piano)
Kenny Burrell (guitar)
Donald Best (vibraphone, vocals)
Butch Warren (bass)
Lex Humphries (drums)
Label: Blue Note
Originally released: 1963
This release: 2015