Wednesday, October 29, 2008

John Coltrane: “Naima” (1965)

This is the John Coltrane Quartet performing “Naima” in 1965.

John William Coltrane (1926 – 1967), nicknamed Trane, was an American jazz saxophonist and composer. His musical career started in the mid-1940’s but by the mid-1950’s was becoming a major influence in jazz. Between 1955 and 1967 he helped reshape modern jazz and made more than fifty recordings during those twelve years. During the 50’s he performed with both Miles Davis and Theolonius Monk. Coltrane’s quartet of the 1960's included a number of different musicians as his music evolved from classic bebop to avant-jazz and free jazz.

“Naima” was composed in 1959 by Coltrane and named after his then wife, Juanita Naima Grubb. It first appeared on his album, “Giant Steps” and has since become a jazz standard.

Coltrane died of liver cancer in 1967 at the age of 40.

You can watch (and hear) Coltrane perform “My Favorite Things” here, “So What” with Miles Davis here and “Hackensack” with Stan Getz here.

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