Naima

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"Naima"
Composition by John Coltrane
from the album Giant Steps
Released1960 (1960)
RecordedMay 1959
GenreJazz
Length4:21
LabelAtlantic
Composer(s)John Coltrane
Producer(s)Nesuhi Ertegün

"Naima" is a ballad composed by John Coltrane in 1959 that he named after his 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" many times. It appears on The Complete 1961 Village Vanguard Recordings, The Complete Copenhagen Concert, Afro-Blue Impressions, Live at the Village Vanguard Again!, and Blue World. "Naima" has since become a jazz standard.

Chord changes[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              | Emaj711    ‖ 
‖  B–7/E   | E–7     | Amaj7+5/E  Gmaj7+5/E | Amaj7/E

Scale associations:[2]

‖: E Mixolydian          | E Dorian           | F Mel. Minor, E Mel. Minor | A Lydian     :‖ 
‖  B Phrygian            | B Dim. Scale (H-W) | B Phrygian                 | B Dim. Scale  |
|  B Alt. (B Mel. Minor) | B Phrygian         | B Mixolydian               | E Lydian       ‖ 
‖  E Mixolydian          | E Dorian           | F Mel. Minor, E Mel. Minor | A Lydian      ‖

Other versions[edit]

References[edit]

"Naima" is featured in a scene in the 2013 Polish movie Ida, in which the title character is intrigued by the jazz and its player.

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  2. ^ Zisman, Michael (2005-06-01). The Real Easy Book. Sher Music Co. p. 238.
  3. ^ "Platinum Melodies". AllMusic. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  4. ^ Widran, Jonathan. "As Promised". AllMusic. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  5. ^ Soergel, Brian (February 2000). "Smooth Sailing". Smooth Vibes. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  6. ^ "Love Is Supreme – Kindred Spirits Ensemble". AllMusic. Retrieved 20 August 2017.