I have to say, I've had the same one since I first heard it in the early 1970's on a bootleg of John Coltrane Live in Europe. This take on YouTube is NOT the same, but it isn't bad.
I may have listened under the influence of certain... uh... things, I can't remember.
The haunting part is more in the beginning exposition, but the rest can be trance-inducing.
I'm learning ballads because they are mostly relatively easy to learn (but very hard to master).
I love the changes of Naima and it's my own favorite of all time, but I would love to see
YOUR CHOICE of the ONE ballad you find the most haunting, chill-provoking.
Yes, it's hard to choose one, there are many great players and great songs. But if you choose one, I'll be very interested in checking it out.
I know many say Stan Getz is great at these, does he do your favorite? I love Sonny Rollins, but I can't think of a ballad that gives me chills. Trane has a lot of great stuff, including the Ballads album, but none of them move me as much as Naima. Joe Henderson, one of my favorites, but again, I can't think of one ballad, nor for Wayne Shorter for that matter.
Actually, it occurs to me that The Cost of Living
by Michael Brecker in a version I heard from the Brecker Brothers live at New Morning in Paris (possibly a recording off the console) is maybe equal or close to Naima. Brilliant composition and Michael played so incredibly. Kenny Garrett, too, on alto, is crazy good, including a few funky slow tunes on Amandela.
This is my favorite moment on that album, on "Hannibal" from the 2 minute mark :