577 Records is proud to announce the release of Sabir Mateen and William Simone’s debut album Joys! with an exclusive limited edition of 20 CDs and as a digital download.

This is Sabir’s second recording on 577 Records, joining his previous release, Prophecies Come To Pass. Sabir, having relocated from NYC to Italy, met William in Bologna through a mutual friend and their musical communication began almost immediately, the fruition of which is beautifully showcased on this release. 

Sabir’s outstanding lyricism coupled with William’s hypnotic drumming creates a rawness and sophistication that gives this album the feel of a Moon Dog for our time. Exploring new avenues of sound that go from wild and raw to waterfalls of notes cascading over exotic grooves, this duo pushes the boundaries of the rapport between traditional acoustic instruments and electronic music. 

The cover of this album features beautiful original artwork from the painter MP Landis and graphics by renowned Italian designer, Sergio Vezzali.


released September 27, 2016

Sabir Mateen: tenor & soprano saxophones, Bb & alto clarinets and piano
William Simone: percussions and electronics

All music by Sabir Mateen and William Simone (Ribas Music, BMI)

Recorded Live in Bologna, Italy at Barazzo Live on October, 6th 2015
Thanks to Avi Granite

Cover paiting wd6332 by M P Landis, 2015
mixed media on folded paper 10 x 9"
Design by Sergio Vezzali
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577 Records has been producing music since 2001 and has released albums featuring the work of artists from New York and around the world.

This grassroots, independent label got its start with a series of living room concerts in Brooklyn. The name of the label was taken from the address of the house where these concerts first took place (577 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, New York).
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