Sadik Hakim (b. Argonne Thornton) recorded relatively few sets as a leader in his career, the majority of which date from 1977-80. This swinging LP (also known as Plays Ellington Plus Hakim) finds the pianist leading a sextet of talented, if obscure players (altoist Dale Hillary, tenor saxophonist Michael Stewart, trumpeter Brian Lydall, bassist Bob Boucher and drummer Clayton Johnson) through four Duke Ellington-associated songs (plus alternate takes of "Things Ain't What They Used to Be" and "Mood Indigo") and his own "Ging Gang Gong Song." In addition, Hakim plays "Sophisticated Lady" with the rhythm section. There is a very generous amount of music on this album, nearly 30 minutes per side, and it is well-played and swinging.
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