Naima is a ballad composed by John Coltrane in 1959,
and named after his then-wife, Juanita Naima Grubbs. It first appeared on the album Giant Steps, and is notable for its use of a variety of rich chords over a bass pedal. It is mainly made up of a slow, restrained melody, though there is also a brief piano solo.
One of Coltrane's most famous compositions, he recorded it numerous times. "Naima" also appears on Live! at the Village Vanguard, The Complete Copenhagen Concert, Afro-Blue Impressions, Live at the Village Vanguard Again!, among other albums. "Naima" has since become something of a jazz standard, covered by many other musicians including:
McCoy Tyner – on Echoes of a Friend (1972), The Greeting (1978), Things Ain't What They Used To Be (1989), etc.
John McLaughlin – on Love Devotion Surrender (with Carlos Santana, 1973), and on After The Rain (1995)
Maynard Ferguson – Hot (1979)
Art Ensemble of Chicago on Dreaming of the Masters Suite (1991)
David Murray – with Dave Burrell, on Windward Passages (1993) and on Octet Plays Trane (2000)
Pharoah Sanders – Crescent With Love (1992), etc.
Derek Trucks Band – on his first album, (1997)
Arthur Blythe – on In the Tradition (1979) and Blythe Byte (2001)
Tom Scott – Honeysuckle Breeze (1968)
Lonnie Liston Smith – Afro Blue
Victor Wooten – on What Did He Say?
Thom Rotella – Platinum Melodies (1996)
Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker and Roy Hargrove – on Directions in Music: Live at Massey Hall (2002)
Vato Negro live quartet of Juan Alderete, Adrian Terrazas, Money Mark and Cedric Bixler (2008)
Aidan Baker – Passing Thru (2010)
Jaco Pastorius – in the video Modern Electric Bass
Alex Bugnon – As Promised (2000)
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