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All That I Was (VJCP102-MP)

based on the 19th century spiritual folk song Detroit

(hymn text by Horatius Boanr)

arr. by Russell Schmidt

$15.00 (USD)


This product is available for download (in .pdf format) immediately after purchase. Please note that once payment for any VJC Publication download is received and the transaction completed, no refund or cancellation is possible.


VJCP102-MP – Combo MultiPack, which includes both of the following:

  • VJCP102-I-4 – Quartet version for Trumpet, Piano, Bass & Drums (with alternate horn parts provided for Trumpet) [Note: abbreviated version of the original arrangement; no modulations.]
  • VJCP102-I-6 – Sextet version for Tenor Sax, Trumpet, Trombone, Piano, Bass & Drums (plus Transposed Score) [Note: full version of the arrangement; multiple modulations.]


Description: All That I Was is a 19th century hymn based on the spiritual folk song Detroit, with text by American hymnodist Horatius Bonar. In this modern jazz treatment, arranger Russell Schmidt has created a highly individualized setting, with musical elements drawn from post bop harmonies, modal jazz, and other sources. This arrangement appears (in sextet form) on the Russell Schmidt recording Jazz Triptych, Volume I: The Sacred (MSW 2021).


With VJCP102-MP, you will receive both the origi­nal sextet version (VJCP102-I-6) and a quar­tet edition (VJCP102-I-4), featuring trumpet with piano trio. Additionally, alternate horn parts have been included, allowing alto sax, tenor sax, or trombone to replace trumpet in the quartet. While the sextet version modulates between the keys of F minor and D minor, the quartet version is a little less intricate and remains in F minor throughout.


For groups having guitar (instead of piano) in their rhythm section, please note this arrangement of All That I Was is not well-suited to substituting another instrument for piano. However, guitar can easily join the rhythm section---playing along with piano, bass, and drums---on either the quartet or sextet versions.


The quartet arrangement is of intermediate difficulty, while the sextet arrangement is of intermediate-to-advanced difficulty.


While an excerpted audio sample is provided here at the VJC Store, complete recordings of many VJC Publications (including this one) can be found on YouTube HERE. And hear more from this pianist/composer/arranger be visiting Russell Schmidt's YouTube page.


Please note: The VJC will never pursue payment of synchroni­zation rights from middle schools, junior high schools, high schools, community colleges, universities, all-state ensembles, church groups, or independent edu­cational programs for young people related to the posting of recorded performan­ces of this work on YouTube or other, similar sites (including social media platforms). While sharing the .pdf files is not permitted, sharing your musical performance online is.


All proceeds from sales of VJC Publications go directly to fund the educational programs of the Valley Jazz Cooperative.

All That I Was

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