Naima

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"Naima"
Composition by John Coltrane from the album Giant Steps
Released 1960
Recorded May 1959
Genre Jazz
Length 4:21
Label Atlantic
Composer John Coltrane
Producer Nesuhi Ertegün
Giant Steps track listing
  1. "Giant Steps"
  2. "Cousin Mary"
  3. "Countdown"
  4. "Spiral"
  5. "Syeeda's Song Flute"
  6. "Naima"
  7. "Mr. P.C."

"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.

Coltrane recorded "Naima" numerous times. "Naima" also appears on The Complete 1961 Village Vanguard Recordings, The Complete Copenhagen Concert, Afro-Blue Impressions, Live at the Village Vanguard Again!, among other albums. "Naima" has since become a jazz standard.

Song form, lead sheet and harmony[edit]

Chord changes for 'Naima'.:[1]

‖: B-7/E | E-7 | Amaj7+5/E Gmaj7+5/E | Amaj7/E :‖

‖ Bmaj7/B | B79 | Bmaj7/B | B79 |

| B-maj7/B | Bmaj7/B | Amaj7/B | Emaj74 ‖

‖ B-7/E | E-7 | Amaj7+5/E Gmaj7+5/E | Amaj7/E

Scale associations:[2]

‖: E Mixolydian | E Dorian | F Melodic Minor, E Melodic Minor | A Lydian :‖

‖ B Phrygian | B diminished scale (half-whole)| B Phrygian | B dim. scale |

| B7 'alt' (B Melodic Minor) | B Phrygian | B Mixolydian | E Lydian ‖

‖ E Mixolydian | E Dorian | F Melodic Minor, E Melodic Minor | A Lydian ‖

Covered By[edit]

"Naima" has been covered by many other musicians including:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Aebersold, Jamey (1995). Jamey Aebersold Play-A-Long - Volume 27 - John Coltrane. Jamey Aebersold Jazz Inc. 
  2. ^ Zisman, Michael (2005-06-01). The Real Easy Book 2. Sher Music Co. p. 238. 
  3. ^ "Platinum Melodies overview". Allmusic.com. 
  4. ^ "As Promised overview". Allmusic.com. 
  5. ^ "Smooth Sailing February 2000". SmoothVibes.com.