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John Coltrane — Naima
Album: Giant Steps
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Total ratings: 2521









Released: 1960
Length: 4:19
Plays (last 30 days): 2
(Instrumental)
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 Edweirdo wrote:

Yeah, me too.  I appreciate it, but I don't grok it.  And God knows, I've tried.

I encourage you to listen to this episode of Strong Songs:

So What - Miles Davis

While not about this song specifically, He does talk a bit about this album. Most importantly though, Kirk dives into songs and helps the listener understand what is going on in the song. I have come to appreciate a wider variety of songs thanks to his analysis. 
 thewiseking wrote:

who are we to rate this? 



we are nothing and everything 
Glorious Jazz from da Master. Peaceful, Passionate, Purposeful, and Pitch Perfection! I can die happy now...
Hauntingly beautiful sax. Mr. Coltrane was certainly a master of the saxophone
 Laptopdog wrote:
I admire jazz.
I just don't care for it, but I admire it.
 
Yeah, me too.  I appreciate it, but I don't grok it.  And God knows, I've tried.
 Laptopdog wrote:
I admire jazz.
I just don't care for it, but I admire it.
 
I adore it.
I admire jazz.
I just don't care for it, but I admire it.
 lizardking wrote:
I almost forgot how important this record was for my musical development in my early college days.  After sucking at and barely passing calculus and organic chemistry, I decided to take some "easy" classes.  I eventually worked a music minor in with my aborted Biology major then (very) successful Economics major.  In all the classes I took at the Univ or Washington, it was Music 331 - The History of Jazz that I look back at with the most fond memories and enjoyment.  Throw in some music theory classes and (one of the easiest college classes possible) Music 162 - American Popular Music and I don't even feel bad about failing in the Biology track.

More so with Miles Davis' amazing recordings (Kind of Blue is in my top 5 albums) and definitely 'Trane's Giant Steps record, I wrote more 'after-midnight' term papers bopping to Jazz than anything else.  I found that Jazz recordings are great for full-on in-depth listenings or casual ambient background "noise."

And for those that really get into it, here are the Chord Changes and scale associations as taken from the wiki page for this tune.  This is not a 3 chord power ballad!  Thanks BillG for playing enough Jazz and Classical pieces to keep things interesting and fun, and hopefully introduce non-jazz/classical fans to these very listenable pieces.  LONG LIVE RP!!



Chord changes for "Naima":‖: B♭–7/E♭ | E♭–7 | Amaj7+5/E♭ Gmaj7+5/E♭ | A♭maj7/E♭ :‖
‖ Bmaj7/B♭ | B♭7♭9 | Bmaj7/B♭ | B♭7♭9 |
| B-maj7/B♭ | Bmaj7/B♭ | A♭maj7/B♭ | Emaj7♯4 ‖
‖ B♭–7/E♭ | E♭–7 | Amaj7+5/E♭ Gmaj7+5/E♭ | A♭maj7/E♭ ‖
Scale associations:

‖: 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 ‖

 

That looks like calculus organic chemistry to me. 
BILL!  what a perfect follow up song to Rachel Zeffira - The Deserters!

I love you for this.

(all of it)

123K
Where is the 11 button? Sheer beauty.
Some music you wish you could put on like clothing or inhabit like a room, just for a while, to rest and restore.
Can you spell "Outstanding"?.....YES....."9"   
Last night, watched two hr PBS  show on Miles and his music.

It kind of blamed Coltrane for break up  of that first super band in the 1950s. 

Coltrane has to do his own thing and Miles pulled the plug.  
 EugeneUK wrote:
The good
 

The good and the other fortification that come with sounds that speak to the soul as this does.
The good
reading wiki I discovered Coltrane lived less than a half mile from me when I was a little kid. 
Pure beauty.
This makes me stop whatever I am doing and enjoy/respect the music.
The love ballad he wrote to honor his wife, "Naima", was Coltrane's favorite composition.  -- Wikipedia
 dwlangham wrote:
The release date shown for this is 1992. I know it's when the CD was released, and the release dates of different pressings probably matters, but can't we have an original release date that shows when Giant Steps dropped? To say the release date is 1992 isn't at all helpful to those of us interested in knowing when a song or album was released.
 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_Steps
Giant Steps is the fifth studio album by jazz musician John Coltrane as leader, released in February 1960 on Atlantic Records
The release date shown for this is 1992. I know it's when the CD was released, and the release dates of different pressings probably matters, but can't we have an original release date that shows when Giant Steps dropped? To say the release date is 1992 isn't at all helpful to those of us interested in knowing when a song or album was released.
Thank you Mr Coltrane. So nice.
The theme song for an FM jazz show in the NYC in the 70s. What better?

While I write, RP follows up with Marvin Gaye's What's Goin On, with pics of modern and earlier protests.

Once again, when I'm playing RP, I get nothing else done...nor care to.
So effin horrible! 
Love some Coltrane
Sure could use some LSD right about now
Awright.  In the 70s I think, I lived in the NYC metro area.  Someone on the radio (you remember "radio") used this as an intro for a show, likely a jazz show.  Anyone?
I would be a tad suspicious of any folk left unmoved in a positive way by this track.  I am jesting ... I think. 
just getting into this new format...  so not sure if these different channels are connected,  but lucinda just asked for coltrane on the main mix and now here it is on the mellow mix...  stars must be aligned
 javelipix wrote:
 I second that!
YourNameHere wrote:
Do me a favor, every time you have the urge to play a Tom Waits song, play this instead.

 


 
I vote that BillG plays Waits/Coltrane back to back!!  Long Live RP!!
Great-Coltrain is a GIANT musician
 I second that!
YourNameHere wrote:
Do me a favor, every time you have the urge to play a Tom Waits song, play this instead.

 

Divine
 thewiseking wrote:
who are we to rate this? 

 
Indeed!
Sublime. I should give it a 10, just because. He must have really loved his wife, and you can hear it. 


Sittin by the fire pit here in the Green Mountains of Vermont with a glass of Pinot Noir listening to Coltrane. Yup!

I almost forgot how important this record was for my musical development in my early college days.  After sucking at and barely passing calculus and organic chemistry, I decided to take some "easy" classes.  I eventually worked a music minor in with my aborted Biology major then (very) successful Economics major.  In all the classes I took at the Univ or Washington, it was Music 331 - The History of Jazz that I look back at with the most fond memories and enjoyment.  Throw in some music theory classes and (one of the easiest college classes possible) Music 162 - American Popular Music and I don't even feel bad about failing in the Biology track.

More so with Miles Davis' amazing recordings (Kind of Blue is in my top 5 albums) and definitely 'Trane's Giant Steps record, I wrote more 'after-midnight' term papers bopping to Jazz than anything else.  I found that Jazz recordings are great for full-on in-depth listenings or casual ambient background "noise."

And for those that really get into it, here are the Chord Changes and scale associations as taken from the wiki page for this tune.  This is not a 3 chord power ballad!  Thanks BillG for playing enough Jazz and Classical pieces to keep things interesting and fun, and hopefully introduce non-jazz/classical fans to these very listenable pieces.  LONG LIVE RP!!



Chord changes for "Naima":‖: B♭–7/E♭ | E♭–7 | Amaj7+5/E♭ Gmaj7+5/E♭ | A♭maj7/E♭ :‖
‖ Bmaj7/B♭ | B♭7♭9 | Bmaj7/B♭ | B♭7♭9 |
| B-maj7/B♭ | Bmaj7/B♭ | A♭maj7/B♭ | Emaj7♯4 ‖
‖ B♭–7/E♭ | E♭–7 | Amaj7+5/E♭ Gmaj7+5/E♭ | A♭maj7/E♭ ‖
Scale associations:

‖: 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 ‖

borderline ambient music, in the best sense
 Immortal beauty   : )     its slow and affecting


When history is becoming a thing of the past (!) that doesn't seem relevant, we have RP to at least keep us mindful of Music's bright beautiful arc. Thank you, RP.
 ai63 wrote:
I'm a better person having just enjoyed this piece of music........

 
Truly agree!
I'm a better person having just enjoyed this piece of music........
who are we to rate this? 
First heard this in 1981 in  a 'Sleep in' in Brugge Belgium.  The sleep in consisted of strong coffee, Jazz, chatting to other travellers and uncomfortable beds upstairs, but i can forgive the later. This brings back great memories of my first Interrail. 
Cool as a cucumber! {#Bananapiano}{#Chillpill}{#Dance}{#Whistle}
Is that McCoy Tyner on piano?  

Is this song one of "My Favorite Things"? Is it a "Love Supreme"?

 Maybe. 
 
The album's title song is a bit overwrought for my taste, but this sweet little number puts my head in a very mellow place.
Reminds me of my first months in Noto Hanto, in the wilds of Ishikawa, in the "rainy" season — ha! in many parts of Japan, it's always the "rainy" season! — when I put on tape after tape of Coltrane and drank loads of the excellent local sake — and the rain, the 'Trane, and the rice-brew go very well together indeed! Mr. Coltrane created some damn fine music; perhaps as close to Immortal as can be...
I am choking on the cig smoke
Will this elevator ride ever end? I'm not opposed to Coltrane, but anything other than this muzak please
 Proclivities wrote:

I agree that a lot of jazz from this artist and genre can be "mood-setting music", but it's not necessarily passive music.  The listeners may sometimes be passive while listening but the music itself was often complex and innovative.

 
Yes. Free form. In the moment. Zen. Going with the flow. Someone whose mind was opened by exposure to other schools of thought, experiences and ways of being. Not necessarily intellectual, not passive, but a mix of active and contemplative. 
 
 YourNameHere wrote:
Do me a favor, every time you have the urge to play a Tom Waits song, play this instead.

 
Black and white head shot of Tom Waits

Tom loves Trane, but not that much. 
 DaidyBoy wrote:

And this is why I read the comments.  Thanks for these gems, folks

 
It also means soft or refreshing :) it's also my name. 


Mmmm.....a proper jazz track.
We should all take "Giant Steps". 
Cool {#Clap}  More jazz and more JC please Bill and Rebecca.
 Bobert_ParkCity wrote:
Eleven.

When 10 is not enough. 

 
Totally agree
Eleven.

When 10 is not enough. 
 ziakut wrote:
My heart is warm. Thank you John Coltrane. Though...I'm wondering if Naima means "slightly sharp saxophone".

  
Bobert_ParkCity wrote:

it means Mrs Coltrane.  AKA Juanita Naima Grubbs.   She may have been slightly sharp.

 
And this is why I read the comments.  Thanks for these gems, folks
The below exchange is an example of why I always read the song comments here on PR.

Proclivities

(Paris of the Piedmont)
Posted: Jul 07, 2014 - 07:02
 

 rdo wrote:

Yeah, you know, there really does seem to be a strong relationship between jazz and reading or other intellectual activity.  This is mood setting music, and it does not require a skilled vocalist with complicated lyrics.  It is not very distracting. It is passive music that you can read to or have quite discussions to.  Whether this is a complement to jazz or not is hard to say.  Jazz does appeal to intellectuals though, there is no doubt about that.

  
I agree that a lot of jazz from this artist and genre can be "mood-setting music", but it's not necessarily passive music.  The listeners may sometimes be passive while listening but the music itself was often complex and innovative.

 


 nsaeed wrote:
I remember when I found out that there was an ACTUAL song that was my namesake (Naima is not a common name ) - and then I heard it and loved my name even more. Love this song too.{#Good-vibes}

 
sweet...
To add to the "passive" comments below, I am often physically unmoving while mentally racing along at warp factor 7.  Let's not confuse stillness with passivity.
Coltrane suits my mood. Best on rainy days.
 ziakut wrote:
My heart is warm. Thank you John Coltrane. Though...I'm wondering if Naima means "slightly sharp saxophone".

 
it means Mrs Coltrane.  AKA Juanita Naima Grubbs.   She may have been slightly sharp.


 rdo wrote:

Yeah, you know, there really does seem to be a strong relationship between jazz and reading or other intellectual activity.  This is mood setting music, and it does not require a skilled vocalist with complicated lyrics.  It is not very distracting. It is passive music that you can read to or have quite discussions to.  Whether this is a complement to jazz or not is hard to say.  Jazz does appeal to intellectuals though, there is no doubt about that.

 
I agree that a lot of jazz from this artist and genre can be "mood-setting music", but it's not necessarily passive music.  The listeners may sometimes be passive while listening but the music itself was often complex and innovative.
I remember when I found out that there was an ACTUAL song that was my namesake (Naima is not a common name ) - and then I heard it and loved my name even more. Love this song too.{#Good-vibes}
 rdo wrote:

Yeah, you know, there really does seem to be a strong relationship between jazz and reading or other intellectual activity.  This is mood setting music, and it does not require a skilled vocalist with complicated lyrics.  It is not very distracting. It is passive music that you can read to or have quite discussions to.  Whether this is a complement to jazz or not is hard to say.  Jazz does appeal to intellectuals though, there is no doubt about that.

I heartily disagree.   Try reading to Herbie Hancock, Gary Burton or Chick Corea, assuming you like their stuff. 


This song is pure brilliance.  Coltrane elevates music to a spiritual level.
 unclehud wrote:

Not sure there's hope for you, rdo  {#Silenced} , but, yeah, Coltrane is best enjoyed when in a contemplative mood.

 
Yeah, you know, there really does seem to be a strong relationship between jazz and reading or other intellectual activity.  This is mood setting music, and it does not require a skilled vocalist with complicated lyrics.  It is not very distracting. It is passive music that you can read to or have quite discussions to.  Whether this is a complement to jazz or not is hard to say.  Jazz does appeal to intellectuals though, there is no doubt about that.
Now that's smooth...
Wow.  A thousand+ ratings and al 8,9 or 10 ?   Don't think I have ever seen that before.
The perfect lullaby!
{#Sunny} 
 kingart wrote:
say what? 
If I remember my jazz history/trivia correctly, he wrote this for or to his wife.
Thanks for your classy good taste comment. 
 
nightdrive is a sad little troll, desperate for attention.
Please don't feed him.
this is working, exactly how I feel after a night of halloween partying... now sitting at my desk. may have to go listen to the whole album now
My heart is warm. Thank you John Coltrane. Though...I'm wondering if Naima means "slightly sharp saxophone".
 Bobert_ParkCity wrote:
Honey, I wrote this little song for you - what's for dinner? (and dessert, I think we know!)

 
 bentonian wrote:
Elevator music for elevators that are stuck between floors.

 
Man, that is one elevator I would love to get stuck on.  Might never stop riding that one.  But if I ever did get to the top floor, shit, I would be feeling GOOD!
 nightdrive wrote:
Wonderful piece of shit. Middle finger to Coltrane.

 

braindead idiot suck it.
 nightdrive wrote:
Wonderful piece of shit. Middle finger to Coltrane.

 
say what? 
If I remember my jazz history/trivia correctly, he wrote this for or to his wife.
Thanks for your classy good taste comment.  
Wonderful piece of shit. Middle finger to Coltrane.
 rdo wrote:
In the right mood, I think I can really begin to like this............There is hope for me yet!
 
Not sure there's hope for you, rdo  {#Silenced} , but, yeah, Coltrane is best enjoyed when in a contemplative mood.
 asilbuch wrote:
sublime~~~~~~~~~~~

 
Yes, indeed
 CrackerjaxATX wrote:
 i second that (e)motion!
YourNameHere wrote:
Do me a favor, every time you have the urge to play a Tom Waits song, play this instead.

 


 
Nah, play Tom Waits as much as you like, but play Coltrane instead of Leonard Cohen :P
In the right mood, I think I can really begin to like this............There is hope for me yet!
 nsaeed wrote:
Apart from the fact that it's a great tune, what I love about this song is that it's MY NAME! I was so excited when I found out that there was a song named after me (w-ell it wasn't named AFTER me, but you know...) and I couldn't have asked for a better namesake song :)

 
I personally think it's great that Radio Paradise is bringing together the world—despite the efforts of our respective governments, which seem to screw up almost everything for us!
BillG: "Ahh, that's nice!" No kidding! Not a lover of saxophone but love this and just about anything Paul Desmond does. 10s all around.
Um uh 10, what else...
Apart from the fact that it's a great tune, what I love about this song is that it's MY NAME! I was so excited when I found out that there was a song named after me (w-ell it wasn't named AFTER me, but you know...) and I couldn't have asked for a better namesake song :)
Niiiiiiiiicccccccceeeeeee.....
 i second that (e)motion!
YourNameHere wrote:
Do me a favor, every time you have the urge to play a Tom Waits song, play this instead.

 

 MojoJojo wrote:
Did you just call me Coltrane?
 
...But if I did, you wouldn't be able to do anything about it, would you?
Do me a favor, every time you have the urge to play a Tom Waits song, play this instead.

ahhhh trane.  break the mundane.  love love love


 shakitten wrote:
 Lazarus wrote:

Everybody in my church loves this music...
 

 

Good to see you raised, dear.
 
Thank you!  I hope you are having a wonderful Friday...  we be slow-dancing to this marvelous music...
 
Did you just call me Coltrane?
 Lazarus wrote:

Everybody in my church loves this music...
 

 

Good to see you raised, dear.

Everybody in my church loves this music...
 

sublime~~~~~~~~~~~
Elevator music for elevators that are stuck between floors.
Thank You-!
I hit PSD to get away from U2 and fell into this nice comfy bit of Jazz

I seldom hit PSD but some artists have been overplayed, over exposed and are way past their "bast by" dates...
It's been too long since I've heard this. Always puts me in a good mood!
 Rockit wrote:

Just like peanut butter...tasty & smooth.

 
Except for when it is crunchy. . .

While I can understand people liking this number, personally I don't think it rates its super high status. Yep he can blow, yep it is sultry and stuff, but come on - this is not setting anything alight.  
I pity the poor sod who comes up next on the play list! Like {#Dance}
Honey, I wrote this little song for you - what's for dinner? (and dessert, I think we know!)
Hell to the ya-power!
Just made my monthly donation, then Bill plays this, one of my all-time favorites! Coincidence? I think not.
 govna wrote:
jazz is one of those arenas where appreciation and entertainment just don't converge for me.
 
Well said!
 Bleyfusz wrote:
Believe it or not, but this is the first time in my life a saxo actually strikes me.
 
Ouch!  You must be sitting too close to the stage.  Great tune, by the way.
Miles?
 
Biscobret wrote:
Doesn't get any better than JC.  {#Angel}
 


 Bleyfusz wrote:
Believe it or not, but this is the first time in my life a saxo actually strikes me.
 
I believe it - JC's the MAN!
Doesn't get any better than JC.  {#Angel}
 Dahlia_Gumbo wrote:
Oh, this is so welcome today. Thank you!

{#Notworthy}
 
Yes it is.
Oh, this is so welcome today. Thank you!

{#Notworthy}
Here's a giant who went away too soon. 
I wonder if the Church of John Coltrane still exists in San Francisco?
I'm going to goggle that right now.
 

Just like peanut butter...tasty & smooth.


Perhaps my all-time favorite song since I first heard it long ago...
Believe it or not, but this is the first time in my life a saxo actually strikes me.
PSD, PSD!
 redmachine wrote:
Jazz? Jazz? Learn the tune you twat!
The jazz maverick
The spirit of jazz
MATT BIANCO!
 

L.M.A.O. who's he ???