Sabir Mateen

Sabir Mateen ( born 1951 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, and flautist.

Mateen played one of his first recordings in 1980 with Horace Tapscott's Pan African People's Arkestra. In 1989 he returned to New York, where he in 1995 with drummer Tom Bruno, the duo album Getting Away With Murder, a live recording of a performance at New York's Grand Central Terminal brought out. He then belonged alongside Matt Heyner and Daniel Carter Quartet Bruno's test and became known with his performances in the New York subway system.

He also belonged to the raphe Malik Quartet and the One World Ensemble and formed with Daniel Carter and David Nuss, the trio Tenor Rising Drums Expanding. In 1997, he played with his own trio ( with John Voigt and Lawrence Cook) a Album Divine Mad Love.

In subsequent years, Mateen Duoalben took with Sunny Murray, Hamid Drake and Ben Karetnick. 2001 followed the album with The Secrets of When Sabir Mateen Quintet. As a sideman he worked among others with Cecil Taylor, William Parker, Alan Silva, Butch and Wilber Morris, Steve Swell, Mark White Cage, Roy Campbell, Matthew Shipp, Marc Edwards, Jemeel Moondoc, William Hooker, Henry Grimes, Rashid Bakr and Kali Fasteau.


  • Getting Away With Murder with Tom Bruno, 1995
  • Divine Mad Love by Laurence Cook, John Voigt, 1997
  • Secrets of When raphe with Malik, Jane Wang, 2001
  • Brothers Together with Hamid Drake, 2000
  • Sun Xing [live ] with Ben Karetnick, 2002
  • Prophecies Come to Pass 2006
  • Sama Live in Moscow Duo with Matthew Shipp, 2009/ 2011 released