MILES DAVIS — Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud (OST)

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Album · 1958

Tracklist

A1 Générique
A2 L'Assassinat De Carala
A3 Sur L'Autoroute
A4 Julien Dans L'Ascenseur
A5 Florence Sur Les Champs-Élysées
B1 Dîner Au Motel
B2 Évasion De Julien
B3 Visite Du Vigile
B4 Au Bar Du Petit Bac
B5 Chez Le Photographe Du Motel

Line-up/Musicians

- Miles Davis / trumpet
- Barney Wilen / tenor saxophone
- Rene Urtreger / piano
- Pierre Michelot / bass
- Kenny Clarke / drums

About this release

Fontana – 460.603 ME (France)

Rec. December 4, 1957

Thanks to M.Neumann for the addition and snobb, EZ Money for the updates

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M.Neumann
This filled-to-near-capacity CD reissue is actually two albums: the original soundtrack to the 1957 film-noir directed by Louis Malle (translated title: 'Elevator to the Gallows'), and a generous collection of unused music and multiple takes from the same Paris recording session. The arrangement gives listeners a chance to compare the work in progress to its final realization, and the difference is dramatic, accomplished with little more than a tasteful application of atmospheric studio reverb.

The music itself, assembled over two days (with almost no preparation) by Davis and a quartet of local French jazzers, may be the quintessential film noir score. Listen to the opening 'Générique' theme for proof: a moody, late night urban soundscape so vivid you can almost smell the empty, rain-slicked boulevards, and see the slowly blinking neon lights reflected in the gutters. Check out too the probing trumpet cries of 'Assassinat', played over an ominous upright bass ostinato.

Elsewhere on the album ('Motel', 'Sur l'Autoroute') are some truly boppin' beatnik grooves, with the muted trumpet trading frenetic solo turns alongside tenor sax man Barney Wilen. Complete the experience with coffee, cigarettes, and optional black turtleneck attire.

The album was produced a full decade before Davis even began to contemplate a fusion of Jazz and Rock styles. Although hardly groundbreaking compared to the many other milestones (pun not entirely unintended) in Davis' career, in retrospect it offers the sort of traditional Jazz even a non-jazzer can dig, thanks to the evocative cinematic ambience in every track.

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