Point of Departure was reissued on CD by Blue Note in 1988 and again in 1999 when recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder remastered the album, adding alternate takes of "New Monastery", "Flight 19", and "Dedication".
The Allmusic review by Thom Jurek calls the album "a stellar date, essential for any representative jazz collection, and a record that, in the 21st century, still points the way to the future for jazz". The Penguin Guide to Jazz gives the album a four-star rating plus a special "crown" accolade, and includes it as part of a selected "Core Collection." "Dedication" was originally titled "Cadaver" and wants to "express a feeling of great loss". The sad aura of the piece was such that, after playing a section of said piece, Dorham teared up a bit.
Tracks 6, 7, 8 not part of original album
- Kenny Dorham - trumpet
- Eric Dolphy - alto saxophone, bass clarinet, flute
- Joe Henderson - tenor saxophone
- Andrew Hill - piano
- Richard Davis - double bass
- Tony Williams - drums
- Alfred Lion – production
- Rudy Van Gelder – recording engineering
- Nat Hentoff – liner notes
- Reid Miles – photography, design