Naima (7:44)

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Naima is a ballad composed by John Coltrane in 1959, and named after his then-wife, Juanita Naima Grubb. It first appeared on the album Giant Steps, and is notable for its use of a variety of rich chords over a bass pedal. The song is mainly made up of a slow, restrained melody, though there is also a brief piano solo. One of Coltrane’s most famous songs, he recorded it numerous times; it may be found, among other albums, in Live! at the Village Vanguard, The Complete Copenhagen Concert, Afro-Blue Impressions, and Live at the Village Vanguard Again!. Naima has since become somewhat of a jazz standard.

Giant Steps original version:

John Coltrane - tenor sax
Wynton Kelly - piano
Paul Chambers - bass
Jimmy Cobb - drums

Written by John Coltrane
Recorded December 2, 1959 at Atlantic Studios, New York
Originally released on the album Giant Steps, Atlantic SD-1311, January 1960

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