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Naima

In 1960, John Coltrane released his landmark album “Giant Steps“. This album was very influential, adding several new elements to to the modern jazz vocabulary.

“Naima” – one of the tracks from this album – is a ballad, and is named for his then wife, Juanita Naima Grubbs. It has proven to be one of Trane’s most enduring compositions, having been recorded countless times by jazz artists like Herbie Hancock and McCoy Tyner, younger generation fusion artists like Jaco Pastorius and John McLaughlin, and even rockers like Derek Trucks.

Given the variety of settings it has seen, it seemed for me a good candidate to arrange in the manner and style I have been doing things lately — guitar, bass, piano, & drums quartet.  While the setting is  a fairly conventional one, Trane’s adventurous harmonies remain challenging both to player and listener.

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May 11, 2011 at 3:33 pm Leave a comment


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