Donald Byrd: Cristo Redentor
Donald Byrd (trumpet)
A New Perspective (Blue Note 99006)
Donald Best (vibes), the Coleridge Perkinson Choir.
Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, N.J., January 12, 1963
Rating: 85/100 (learn more)
A New Perspective was unique at the time in that it featured a jazz combo in conjunction with a small gospel choir. One of Duke Pearson’s two compositions for the album (he did all five arrangements), the hymn-like “Cristo Redentor” (Christ the Redeemer) achieved a degree of popularity of its own. Its melancholy, wordless vocal melody and slow-moving, repetitive minor harmony create a somber, reverential mood. Byrd stays close to the tune in his solo, while Herbie Hancock fills in the background with blues-infused piano figures.
Reviewer: David Franklin