Sadik Hakim – Memories (Remastered) (1978/2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 50:26 minutes | 938 MB | Genre: Jazz
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Sadik Hakim was born Argonne Dense Thornton on July 15, 1919, in Duluth, Minnesota and principally raised by his grandparents after both his parents separated and left the family home in 1925.

Thornton’s grandfather, Henry Williams, played violin and taught music to local children. He also composed a number of spirituals and he passed on this musical enthusiasm to the young Thornton, who initially played trumpet before switching to piano. It wasn’t long before Thornton was being drawn to jazz but his grandfather disapproved, favouring classical and religious music. Thornton had to secretly listen to jazz on the radio when his grandfather was out of the house.

When he was 18, Thornton left Duluth and travelled to Los Angeles, ostensibly to visit his father, Luther. Shortly after, in 1938, he moved on to Peoria, Illinois, and played with trumpeter/singer Fats Dudley before relocating to Chicago in 1940. It was there that he found work with drummer Isaac ‘Ike’ Day and trumpeter / bandleader Jesse Miller. It was around this time that Thornton also met and played with Charlie Parker and undertook radio sessions with Ben Webster. After moving to New York in 1944, Thornton played with many of the leading figures in bebop – Bird, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk and Dexter Gordon. Thornton also accompanied Parker and Gillespie on the renowned 1945 Ko-Ko Jazz Session, released on Savoy Records, and toured with Lester Young for a couple of years after the war.

In 1947, Thornton adopted the Muslim faith and changed his name to Sadik Hakim. In the late 40s and early 50s he played with James Moody and Buddy Tate. In 1962 Hakim recorded a session with Duke Jordan for Charlie Parker Records which was released as East and West Of Jazz.

In 1966, Hakim relocated himself to Montreal, Canada, where, except for 1972 European tour (during which he premiered London Suite), he stayed for the next 10 years. Whilst in Canada, he cut two albums for Radio Canada International, London Suite and Sadik Hakim Plays Duke Ellington/ The Canadian Concert Of Sadik Hakim. In 1976 Hakim returned to America and made a number of recordings for the Progressive label, including A Bit of Monk as well as recording for the Danish based jazz label, Steeplechase, most notably on Witches, Goblins, etc. from 1977. A short time after, during 1979-1980, Hakim completed a tour of Japan where he performed before enthusiastic audiences.


1. Sadik Hakim – My Ship
2. Sadik Hakim – Francyne
3. Sadik Hakim – Liliane
4. Sadik Hakim – Yuko
5. Sadik Hakim – Judy
6. Sadik Hakim – No Sue At All
7. Sadik Hakim – Liane
8. Sadik Hakim – Luscious Thing
9. Sadik Hakim – Pandora’s Box
10. Sadik Hakim – Just One
11. Sadik Hakim – Ruby My Dear
12. Sadik Hakim – Now’s The Time
13. Sadik Hakim – Body And Soul (Bonus Track)
14. Sadik Hakim – Dancing In The Dark (Bonus Track)