traditional Finnish folk song
arr. by Russell Schmidt
VJCP101-MP – Combo MultiPack, which includes both of the following:
- VJCP101-I-3 – Trio version for Piano, Bass & Drums
- VJCP101-I-4 – Quartet version for Tenor Sax, Piano, Bass & Drums (with alternate horn parts provided for Tenor Sax)
Description: Nyland is a traditional Finnish folk song. For more than a century, this beautiful melody has provided the musical element to more than two dozen hymns, including some familiar 20th-century anthems: In Heav’nly Love Abiding and O Lord, Now Let Your Servant.
This combo treatment of Nyland by arranger Russell Schmidt first appeared on his 2018 recording Jazz Triptych, Volume I: The Sacred (MSW 2021). Following the opening chorus, which features a melodic statement from the bass accompanied by piano, the rest of the arrangement proceeds with a flowing, rhythmic vitality and a beautiful harmonic progression driven by thoughtful voice-leading.
With VJCP101-MP, you will receive both the original piano trio version (VJCP101-I-3) and a quartet edition (VJCP101-I-4), featuring tenor sax with piano trio. Additionally, alternate horn parts have been included, allow alto sax, trumpet, or trombone to replace tenor sax in the quartet.
For groups having guitar (instead of piano) in their rhythm section, please note this arrangement of Nyland 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 trio or quartet versions.
This combo arrangement is of intermediate difficulty.
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