The original John Coltrane recording of Naima is in my Top 5 songs of all time. It’s plaintive, haunting melody evokes as significant an emotional response as I’ve ever had listening to music. That being said, I appreciate the nerve that it takes to cover it, knowing that Trane’s version will never be topped. The only cover with which I was familiar was that of Trane associate, Eric Dolphy, so I was pleasantly surprised upon finding out about this 1968 recording from the Carsten Meinert Quartet. It’s a passionate cover, clearly born of an intense love of the source material. Thanks go to Fredericksberg Records for their recent reissue of the LP, To You, bringing to light this hidden gem of Danish Coltrane obsession.