Over the Rainbow (New York Unit album)

Over the Rainbow is an album by New York Unit, consisting of tenor saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, pianist John Hicks, bassist Richard Davis, and drummer Tatsuya Nakamura which was recorded in 1992 and initially released in Japan.[1][2] It was also released with the title Naima on Evidence in 1995.

Over the Rainbow
Studio album by
New York Unit
RecordedJune 15, 1992
StudioSear Sound, New York City
LabelPaddle Wheel
KICJ 136
ProducerNew York Unit, Noichi Nakao
John Hicks chronology
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Over the Rainbow
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New York Unit chronology
Now's the Time
Over the Rainbow
Naima Cover

Recording and music

The album was recorded at Sear Sound in New York City, on June 15, 1992.[3] The material is standards, with the addition of the John Coltrane composition "Naima".[4]


Over the Rainbow was released by Paddle Wheel Records in Japan.[3] It was also released by Evidence under the title Naima.[3]


Professional ratings
Review scores

The AllMusic review by Al Campbell stated: "This is simply a beautiful, laid-back, straight-ahead jazz date".[5] The reviewer for The Skanner commented: "Sanders, a Coltrane protege, is enjoying a rebirth of popularity which is richly deserved. He is playing wonderfully well with evidence of a Coltrane influence but with his own sound."[6]

Track listing

  1. "Greensleeves" (Traditional) – 5:47
  2. "Naima" (John Coltrane) – 8:51
  3. "Summertime" (George Gershwin, DuBose Heyward) – 5:57
  4. "Stormy Monday Blues" (T-Bone Walker) – 8:59
  5. "I've Never Been in Love Before" (Frank Loesser) – 7:51
  6. "Skylark" (Hoagy Carmichael, Johnny Mercer) – 3:44
  7. "Mara" (Richard Davis) – 10:24
  8. "Over the Rainbow" (Harold Arlen, Yip Harburg) – 7:02



  1. New York Unit discography, accessed December 6, 2017
  2. Pharoah Sanders discography, accessed December 6, 2017
  3. "New York Unit Discography". jazzdisco.org. Retrieved July 28, 2017.
  4. Heckman, Don (March 12, 1995) "Pharoah Sanders, Post-Coltrane". Los Angeles Times.
  5. Campbell, Al. New York Unit: Naima – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
  6. Bogle, Dick (April 5, 1995) "Dick's Picks: 'Naima'". The Skanner. p. 12.
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