Miles Davis - Ascenseur Pour L'echafaud (1958/1988) [Hard Bop, Modal]; FLAC (tracks+.cue)

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Miles Davis - Ascenseur Pour L'echafaud (1958/1988) [Hard Bop, Modal]; FLAC (tracks+.cue)

Unread postby Mike1985 » 26 Oct 2020, 08:52

Artist: Miles Davis
Album: Ascenseur Pour L'echafaud
Genre: Hard Bop, Modal
Label: Fontana / Nippon Phonogram
Released: 1958/1988
Quality: FLAC (tracks+.cue)
  1. Nuit Sur Les Champs-Élysées (Take 1) (2:30)
  2. Nuit Sur Les Champs-Élysées (Take 2) (5:27)
  3. Nuit Sur Les Champs-Élysées (Take 3) (Générique) (2:56)
  4. Nuit Sur Les Champs-Élysées (Take 4) (Florence Sur Les Champs-Élysées) (3:03)
  5. Assassinat (Take 1) (Visit De Vigile) (2:07)
  6. Assassinat (Take 2) (Julien Dans l'Ascenseur) (2:15)
  7. Assassinat (Take 3) (L'Assassinat De Carala) (2:14)
  8. Motel (Diner Au Motel) (4:02)
  9. Final (Take 1) (3:10)
  10. Final (Take 2) (3:05)
  11. Final (Take 3) (Chez Le Photographe Du Motel) (4:10)
  12. Ascenseur (Evasion De Julien) (2:04)
  13. Le Petit Bal (Take 1) (2:44)
  14. Le Petit Bal (Take 2) (Au Bar Du Petit Bac) (2:58)
  15. Séquence Voiture (Take 1) (3:00)
  16. Séquence Voiture (Take 2) (Sur l'Autoroute) (2:22)
  17. Générique (2:50)
  18. L'Assassinat De Carala (2:12)
  19. Sur L'Autoroute (2:20)
  20. Julien Dans l'Ascenseur (2:09)
  21. Florence Sur Les Champs-Élysées (2:52)
  22. Diner Au Motel (3:59)
  23. Évasion De Julien (0:55)
  24. Visit Du Vigile (2:06)
  25. Au Bar Du Petit Bac (2:55)
  26. Chez Le Photographe Du Motel (3:54)


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

Jazz and film noir are perfect bedfellows, as evidenced by the soundtrack of Louis Malle's Ascenseur Pour L'Echafaud (Lift to the Scaffold). This dark and seductive tale is wonderfully accentuated by the late-'50s cool or bop music of Miles Davis, played with French jazzmen -- bassist Pierre Michelot, pianist René Urtreger, and tenor saxophonist Barney Wilen -- and American expatriate drummer Kenny Clarke. This recording evokes the sensual nature of a mysterious chanteuse and the contrasting scurrying rat race lifestyle of the times, when the popularity of the automobile, cigarettes, and the late-night bar scene were central figures. Davis had seen a screening of the movie prior to his making of this music, and knew exactly how to portray the smoky hazed or frantic scenes though sonic imagery, dictated by the trumpeter mainly in D-minor and C-seventh chords. Michelot is as important a figure as the trumpeter because he sets the tone, as on the stalking "Visite du Vigile." While the mood of the soundtrack is generally dour and somber, the group collectively picks up the pace exponentially on "Diner au Motel." At times the distinctive Davis trumpet style is echoed into dire straits or death wish motifs, as on "Generique" or "L'Assassinat de Carala," respectively. Clarke is his usual marvelous self, and listeners should pay close attention to the able Urtreger, by no means a virtuoso but a capable and flexible accompanist. This recording can stand proudly alongside Duke Ellington's music from Anatomy of a Murder and the soundtrack of Play Misty for Me as great achievements of artistic excellence in fusing dramatic scenes with equally compelling modern jazz music.
by Michael G. Nastos

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