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Live album by Art Ensemble of Chicago
Released 1973
Recorded September 9, 1972
Venue Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival, Otis Spann Memorial Field, Ann Arbor, MI
Genre Jazz
Length 45:18
Label Atlantic
SD 1639
Producer Tunç Erim, Jimmy Douglass
Art Ensemble of Chicago chronology
Live at Mandell Hall
(1972)Live at Mandell Hall1972
Fanfare for the Warriors
(1973)Fanfare for the Warriors1973

Bap-Tizum is a 1972 live album by the Art Ensemble of Chicago recorded at the Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival held at the Otis Spann Memorial Field and first released on the Atlantic label in 1973.[1][2][3][4] It features performances by Lester Bowie, Joseph Jarman, Roscoe Mitchell, Malachi Favors Maghostut and Don Moye.


Rolling Stone's Bob Palmer wrote "Bap-Tizum features dozens of instruments (all the saxophones from soprano to bass, tempered and non-tepered percussion, etc.) and sequences of colours and moods which range from energy-raising to reflection to explosive anger to sheer soul strutting... The performance gassed ten thousand people, most of whom had never heard of the group, and Atlantic is to be commended for releasing it in all its rough hard-edged grandeur."[5]

The Allmusic review by Richard S. Ginell awarded the album 5 stars noting that "the Art Ensemble holds back nothing in a chaotic, meandering, exasperating, outrageous -- and, thus, always fascinating -- performance".[6]

Critic Michael G. Nastos calls the album "essential".[7] Author Rafi Zabor describes the album as a "riotous" real-life analogue to his depiction of a fictional, tumultuous Art Ensemble performance in The Bear Comes Home.[8]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[6]
Penguin Guide to Jazz (8th ed.) 3/3 stars(1/1 star)

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Nfamoudou-Boudougou" (Moye) - 4:16
  2. "Immm" (Favors) - 5:31
  3. "Unanka" (Mitchell) - 10:44
  4. "Oouffnoon" (Mitchell) - 3:25
  5. "Ohnedaruth" (Art Ensemble of Chicago) - 15:00
  6. "Odwalla" (Mitchell) - 5:42
  • Recorded September 9, 1972 at the Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival, Michigan



  1. ^ Art Ensemble of Chicago discography accessed 22, July, 2009
  2. ^ Jazzlists: Art Ensemble Of Chicago discography, accessed November 26, 2017
  3. ^ Atlantic Records Catalog: 1600 series, accessed November 26, 2017
  4. ^ Atlantic Album Discography, Part 3: 1200 Jazz Series (1966-1977), accessed November 26, 2017
  5. ^ Palmer, B., Rolling Stone, August 30, 1973, p. 88
  6. ^ a b Ginell, R. G. Allmusic Review accessed July 27, 2011.
  7. ^ Nastos, Michael (1994). Wynn, Ron, ed. All Music Guide to Jazz. San Francisco: Miller Freeman. p. 48. ISBN 0-87930-308-5. 
  8. ^ Zabor, Rafi (1997). "A Listener's Guide". The Bear Comes Home. New York: W. W. Norton. p. 481. ISBN 0-393-31863-X. For the best analogue - including specific compositions, flying obscenities, and perhaps even pistol shots - of the Art Ensemble's own appearance in these pages, I'd recommend the riotous Bap-tizum on Atlantic.