Secrets of When is an album by American jazz multi-instrumentalist Sabir Mateen, which was recorded in 2001 and released on the French Bleu Regard label.

Secrets of When
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Studio album by
RecordedMay 31, 2001
StudioSeltzer Sound, New York City
LabelBleu Regard
ProducerMichel Dorbon
Sabir Mateen chronology
Sun Xing
Secrets of When
Brothers Together


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [1]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz    [2]

In his review for AllMusic, Thom Jurek states "The sense of aesthetic and dynamic employed by this band is startling in many cases, as the rich dimensional ambiences pursued in Mateen's compositions invite not only free improvisation but instrumental crosstalk from the very insides of the various players' instruments."[1]

The Penguin Guide to Jazz describes the album as "'a huge step forward musically" and notes "Malik is the ideal front-line partner, and together the group carve out lines that are as empathetic and as fiercely logical as those Coleman and Cherry were making in the '50s."[2]

Track listingEdit

All compositions by Sabir Mateen
  1. "Shattered Chamber" - 17:09
  2. "Our Community" - 5:04
  3. "Secrets of When" - 12:53
  4. "Inner Conversations" - 12:42
  5. "SouthEast Winds at 12" - 11:13
  6. "Prayers" - 5:19



  1. ^ a b Jurek, Thom. Sabir Mateen – Secrets of When: Review at AllMusic. Retrieved December 15, 2015.
  2. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (9th ed.). London: Penguin. p. 962. ISBN 978-0141034010.