So hats off to the Japanese-born violinist and erhu player, Meg Okura, for conjuring up that version. As wave after wave of the song's melody unfolds like repeated sighs that send shivers of emotion down the spine, Okura's violin does the reverse, soaring like it has caught the draft of a hot air thermal and, like the proverbial bird, it now disappears, as if into the azure. While "Naima" does provide a taste of the beautiful music to come, it does not even begin to describe its extent and the intensity with which it is played on Naima, from Okura and her Pan Asian Jazz Ensemble. But she is sharp, plays with a great deal of expression and carries the flutes of Anne Drummond and Jun Kubo like blithe spirits, melding their woody sounds with the brazenly airy glissandos of her violin. Okura's playing is full of exquisite loops and skids that seem to carry her from one plane to another. Her sharp gliding action is so ethereal that often she appears to come out of another dimension to rejoin the music of this one.
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