"Naima" is a ballad composed by John Coltrane in 1959 that he named after his wife, Juanita Naima Grubbs. Coltrane first recorded it for his 1959 album, Giant Steps, and it became one of his first well-known songs. Coltrane biographer John Litweiler said “… the melody of "Naima"–quiet, sunfilled–is worthy of Coltrane’s reverence, the unsuspected calm in the midst of his storms….”. Coltrane recorded this song many times over during the course of his life, and is said to have considered it his best composition.
I first heard "Naima" in the late 1990s, and once I did, I was transformed by it. In this series, a model Dierdre, is photographed with a blue filter as she listens to and reflects on the spirituality of Coltrane performing "Naima".