|Birth name||Forrest Argonne Thornton|
|Born||July 15, 1919|
Duluth, Minnesota, U.S.
|Died||June 20, 1983 (aged 63)|
New York City, New York
Sadik Hakim (born Forrest Argonne Thornton; July 15, 1919 – June 20, 1983) was an American jazz pianist and composer.
Forrest Argonne Thornton was born on July 15, 1919 in Duluth, Minnesota. The name Argonne came from the World War I battle. He was taught music by his grandfather and played locally before moving to Chicago.
Later life and career
In Chicago in 1944, Hakim was heard by the tenor saxophonist Ben Webster, who took him to New York to be the pianist in his band. He appeared on some Charlie Parker recordings for Savoy Records in the following year. He toured with another saxophonist, Lester Young from 1946 to 1948, including for recordings. He changed his name to Sadik Hakim, a Muslim formulation, in 1947.
"In the 1950s Hakim played in Canada with Louis Metcalf, toured with James Moody (1951–4), and was a member of Buddy Tate's orchestra (1956–60)." Hakim's debut recording as a leader was in 1962, on an album for Charlie Parker Records that was shared with Duke Jordan. "Around 1966 he moved to Montreal, where he played in nightclubs. He toured Europe for a year, played in a trio at a festival in Duluth (1976), and then returned to New York; he toured Japan in 1979–80."
Hakim returned to recording as a leader in 1973, laying down material that was released by CBC, Progressive, SteepleChase, and Storyville Records. Hakim claimed that he wrote "Eronel", which is usually thought of as a Thelonious Monk composition.
Scott Yanow wrote that Hakim "had a particularly unusual boppish style in the '40s, playing dissonant lines, using repetition to build suspense, and certainly standing out from the many Bud Powell impressionists. Later in his career his playing became more conventional." The Penguin Guide to Jazz compared him with Powell, and wrote that Hakim did not have a characteristic playing style.
|1962?||East and West of Jazz||Charlie Parker||Album shared with Duke Jordan|
|1974?||Sadik Hakim Plays Duke Ellington||Radio Canada International|
|1977||Witches, Goblins, Etc.||SteepleChase||Trio, with Erroll Walters (bass), Al Foster (drums)|
|1978?||Sonny Stitt Meets Sadik Hakim||Co-led with Sonny Stitt (tenor sax, alto sax); quartet, with Buster Williams (bass), J.R. Mitchell (drums)|
|1980||Lazy Bird||Storyville||Trio, with Erroll Walters (bass), Clifford Barbaro (drums)|
With James Moody
With Buddy Tate
- Tate's Date (Swingville, 1960)
- Rinzler, Paul; Kernfeld, Barry (2003), Hakim, Sadik [Thornton, (Forrest) Argonne; Dents], Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press, retrieved December 18, 2018, (Subscription required (help))
- "Sadik Hakim, 64, Jazz Pianist; Recorded with Charlie Parker". The New York Times. June 25, 1983.
- Yanow, Scott. "Sadik Hakim". AllMusic. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
- Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 628. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
- Sadik Hakim, "Reflections of an Era: My Experiences with Bird and Prez" on AnthonyFlood.com
- Tony Flood, Sadik Hakim, 1919-1983: A Vignette from My Diary on Tony Flood's House of Hard Bop.