Davis, Miles: Ascenseur Pour L'Echafaud (Vinyl LP)
Ascenseur Pour L'échafaud is a 1958 French film directed by Louis Malle. It was released as Lift To The Scaffold in the UK. The film was nothing special, but it did accomplish one thing: it proposed a new ideal of cinematic realism, a new way to look at a woman.
Jean-Paul Rappeneau, a jazz fan and Malle's assistant at the time, suggested asking Miles Davis to create the film's soundtrack. He showed Davis a screening of the movie, and afterwards Miles knew exactly how to portray the smoky hazed or frantic scenes through sonic imagery.
On December 4 1957, he brought four French Jazzmen (Barney Wilen / tenor saxophone, René Urtreger / piano, Pierre Michelot - bass and Kenny Clarke - drums) to the recording studio "Le Poste Parisien Studio" without having them prepare anything. Davis only gave the musicians a few rudimentary harmonic sequences he had assembled in his hotel room. Eventually Ascenseur Pour L'échafaud has become a great achievement of artistic excellence. 2009 reissue.
- L'Assasinat De Carala
- Sur L'Autoroute
- Julien Dans L'Ascenseur
- Florence Sur Les Champs-Elysées
- Dîner Au Motel
- Evasion De Julien
- Visite Du Vigile
- Au Bar Du Petit Bac
- Chez Le Phothographe Du Motel
- On Green Dolphin Street
- Stella By Starlight