Bap-Tizum.New York: Atlantic, 1973 Stock Code: 144530
First pressing, signed in black marker pen on the front cover by Roscoe Mitchell, Joseph Jarman, and Corey Wilkes (who has adorned his autograph with a thumbnail sketch of a trumpet and a cluster of notes). Recorded live at the 1972 Ann Arbor Festival, Bap-Tizum "was the Art Ensemble's breakthrough - however short-lived - onto a major US label" (AllMusic).
The lineup here is Lester Bowie, Roscoe Mitchell, Joseph Jarman, Malachi Favors, and Don Moye. Chicagoan Corey Wilkes joined the group in 2004, filling the trumpet spot left vacant following the death of Lester Bowie in 1999. Jarman, who practised latterly as a Jodo Shinshu priest, prefixes his signature with what may be his Buddhist cognomen or a variant of the expression "sadhu", meaning excellent or well done. AllMusic awards this album a maximum five star rating and notes that it was "the freewheeling band's first appearance at an American festival and the Art Ensemble holds back nothing in a chaotic, meandering, exasperating, outrageous - and, thus, always fascinating - performance".
12-inch vinyl LP (Atlantic SD 1639), new plain paper sleeve (original sleeve also present), original album cover.
Presentation inscription at lower left of front panel, "For Rod (illegible)"; ownership signature of one R. Guevara in blue ball-point pen at head of back cover, some shelf wear, panels a little rubbed; a few light abrasions to discs.
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