Sabir Mateen

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Sabir Mateen, moers festival 2008
Sabir Mateen playing flute with drummer Steve Noble

Sabir Mateen is a musician and composer from Philadelphia who plays primarily in the avant-garde jazz idiom. He plays tenor and alto saxophone, B♭ and alto clarinet, and flute.

As a young man, Mateen was originally a percussionist, and he started playing flute as a teenager. From there he moved to alto and then tenor saxophone. He started out playing rhythm and blues in the early 1970s which led him to the tenor saxophone chair of the Horace Tapscott Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra. He has performed or recorded with Cecil Taylor, Sunny Murray, William Parker, Alan Silva, Butch and Wilber Morris, Raphe Malik, Steve Swell, Roy Campbell, Jr., Matthew Shipp, Marc Edwards, Jemeel Moondoc, William Hooker, Henry Grimes, Rashid Bakr, Hamid Drake[1] among others. He also is a member of the band TEST, with Daniel Carter.[2]

Partial discography[edit]

  • Marc Edwards Trio - Red Sprite & Blue Jets - 1997
  • Sunny Murray w/ Sabir Mateen - We Are Not At The Opera - 1998
  • Sabir Mateen, Ben Karetnick - Sun Xing - 2001
  • Hamid Drake & Sabir Mateen - Brothers Together - 2002
  • Frode Gjerstad / Sabir Mateen - Good Question - 2005
  • - Sabir Mateen - Daniel Carter - Andrew Barker - Not On Earth ... In Your Soul! - 2005
  • Urdla XXX - 2008
  • Sabir Mateen / Matthew Shipp - Sama - 2009
  • Sabir Mateen / Frode Gjerstad featuring Steve Swell - Sound Gathering - 2010
  • William Hooker Trio / with Sabir Mateen and Dave Soldier - Yearn for Certainty - ESP/ Engine Records - 2010

With William Parker


  1. ^ Taylor, Derek (2002-12-04). "Brothers Together". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2010-09-20. 
  2. ^ Huey, Steve. "Sabir Mateen: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-09-20. 

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