Ascenseur pour l'échafaud (soundtrack)

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Ascenseur pour l'échafaud
Soundtrack album by Miles Davis
Released 1958
Recorded December 4 and 5, 1957
Genre Modal jazz,[1] cool jazz[2]
Length 1:08:48
Label Fontana
Miles Davis chronology
Miles Ahead
(1957)
Ascenseur pour l'échafaud
(1958)
Milestones
(1958)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[3]
Mojo favorable[4]

Ascenseur pour l'échafaud is an album by jazz musician Miles Davis. It was recorded at Le Poste Parisien Studio in Paris on December 4 and 5, 1957. The album features the musical cues for the 1958 Louis Malle film Ascenseur pour l'échafaud.

Jean-Paul Rappeneau, a jazz fan and Malle's assistant at the time, suggested asking Miles Davis to create the film's soundtrack – possibly inspired by the Modern Jazz Quartet's recording for Roger Vadim's Sait-on jamais (Lit: 'Does One Ever Know', released as: 'No Sun in Venice'), released a few months earlier in 1957.

Davis was booked to perform at the Club Saint-Germain in Paris for November 1957. Rappeneau introduced him to Malle, and Davis agreed to record the music after attending a private screening. On December 4, he brought his four sidemen to the recording studio without having had them prepare anything. Davis only gave the musicians a few rudimentary harmonic sequences he had assembled in his hotel room, and, once the plot was explained, the band improvised without any precomposed theme, while edited loops of the musically relevant film sequences were projected in the background.

Jazz Track, an album which contains the original ten songs from the soundtrack and three additional tracks later released on the 1958 Miles CD, received a 1960 Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Performance, Solo or Small Group.

From a musical point of view, the mood and the characteristics of the soundtrack immediately precede and introduce to Miles Davis's masterpieces Milestones and Kind of Blue.[5]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Nuit Sur Les Champs-Élysées (take 1)"   2:25
2. "Nuit Sur Les Champs-Élysées (take 2)"   5:20
3. "Nuit Sur Les Champs-Élysées (take 3)"   2:47
4. "Nuit Sur Les Champs-Élysées (take 4)"   2:59
5. "Assassinat (take 1)"   2:02
6. "Assassinat (take 2)"   2:10
7. "Assassinat (take 3)"   2:10
8. "Motel"   3:56
9. "Final (take 1)"   3:05
10. "Final (take 2)"   3:00
11. "Final (take 3)"   4:04
12. "Ascenseur"   1:57
13. "Le Petit Bal (take 1)"   2:40
14. "Le Petit Bal (take 2)"   2:53
15. "Séquence Voiture (take 1)"   2:56
16. "Séquence Voiture (take 2)"   2:16
17. "Générique"   2:45
18. "L' Assassinat de Carala"   2:10
19. "Sur L'Autoroute"   2:15
20. "Julien Dans L'Ascenseur"   2:07
21. "Florence Sur Les Champs Élysées"   2:50
22. "Dîner au Motel"   3:58
23. "Évasion De Julien"   0:53
24. "Visite Du Vigile"   2:00
25. "Au Bar du Petit Bac"   2:50
26. "Chez Le Photographe Du Motel"   3:50

Note: The tracklisting above refers to the currently available CD version. The original soundtrack to the film, as mixed and edited (with additional reverb) in 1958, and used for the screen, can be heard in tracks 17 to 26.

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pejrolo 2006, pp. 63-82.
  2. ^ Dimery 2010, p. 34.
  3. ^ Nastos, Michael G. (2000). Ascenseur Pour l'Échafaud – Miles Davis | AllMusic: Review. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2011-03-20.
  4. ^ Caulfield, Mary (March 3, 2011). Miles Davis – Disc of the day – Mojo. Mojo. Archived from the original on 2011-03-20.
  5. ^ Daniele, Romina (2011). Ascenseur pour l'échafaud, Il luogo della musica nell'audiovisione. Milan: RDM. pp. 133–136. ISBN 978-88-904905-9-0. 

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