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(s) John Coltrane
Producer(s) 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 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, and Live at the Village Vanguard Again!. "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              | Emaj74    ‖ 
‖  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]

  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. 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.