John Coltrane: Naima - JazzWax

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June 15, 2009


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Virgil Virst

Full of the grace Trane always sought, his Naima as blessed as Fatha, Sun Ra, and Ayler's Ghost.


Thank you for the spotlight on one of the world's most haunting tunes, and seminal moments in jazzography; am that much more illuminated and ennobled thereby.



Naima heart wide open inspires me still


Peace to a true and humble spirit. May she rest in peace. My mother Zakiyyah Taliba Muhammad was friends with Saeeda "Antonia" Andrews. Both were residents of Newark, NJ at the time. I remember Naima. I was a teen at the time, but I remembered Naima as the grandmother to Saeeda's brood. She was always kind and interesting. I heard Coltrane mentioned many times during our visits, but unfortunately I didn't know of him musically at the time. My mother would often tell me that Naima asked about me at the times I was absent from visits to see them. All I can tell you is I always felt an earthly and natural vibe when I was around Naima and Saeeda. Those were some of the special times in my life.

Monea (Zakiyyah's daughter) aka

Jerry campbell

Thanks so much I often wondered about the woman who inspired such a lovely tune.

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