Salim Malik

Salim Malik was born in Houston, Texas and raised in Atlanta, Ga. Initially trained in piano he switched to acoustic bass. In the mid sixties he played with such greats as the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops, Stevie Wonder, and Patti LaBelle. Malik moved to the North Carolina Triangle in the seventies and began playing with Brother Yusef Salim, and made jazz happen cheerfully in a resistant southern area. He also performed with Group Sax, Eve Cornelious, Chip Crawford ( one of the worlds very finest musicians ), and at the Spoleto Festival with Karl Ralzer. He was most proud of the recording that he made with Roland Hanna leading Group Sax, New Level. As well as being a musical heavy weight, Malik was interested in everything. He was schooled as an aircraft mechanic, a pilot, an electrician and studied geography. At North Carolina State University he studied African-American history. Bright, articulate, but polite and soft spoken would describe my friend Salim Malik. He was just the best bassist for laying down a groove, and positively one the best people to just be in the same room with. Malik and I played together regularly from'82 until about '87, having several house band jobs together, as well as the usual private party functions. He taught me so much without ever appearing to be the teacher. He had great patience and was always a team player. More importantly, he was a quiet spiritual presence that always made me feel good, and I miss him. Malik passed away on October 25, 1996.