Miles Davis – Ascenseur pour l’Echafaud (Lift to the Scaffold) (Vinyl LP)

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Description

*This is a Vinyl LP*

Release Date:  2009

Label:  Jazz Wax Records

 

Track List

Side A

1. Générique
2. L’Assasinat De Carala
3. Sur L’Autoroute
4. Julien Dans L’Ascenseur
5. Florence Sur Les Champs-Elysées
6. Dîner Au Motel
7. Evasion De Julien
8. Visite Du Vigile
9. Au Bar Du Petit Bac
10. Chez Le Phothographe Du Motel

Side B

1. On Green Dolphin Street
2. Fran-Dance
3. Stella By Starlight

 

Personnel

Alto Saxophone – Julian “Cannonball” Adderley* (tracks: B1 to B3)
Bass – Paul Chambers (3) (tracks: B1 to B3), Pierre Michelot (tracks: A1 to A10)
Drums – Jimmy Cobb (tracks: B1 to B3), Kenny Clarke (tracks: A1 to A10)
Piano – Bill Evans (tracks: B1 to B3), René Urtreger (tracks: A1 to A10)
Tenor Saxophone – Barney Wilen (tracks: A1 to A10), John Coltrane (tracks: B1 to B3)
Trumpet – Miles Davis

 

Notes

Performed by a Miles Davis-fronted European band for a movie by Louis Malle (translation: “The Lift to the Scaffold”). This reissue LP, originally recorded on December 4-5, 1957, has an elegant, romantic air to it.

In the company of such French jazzmen as Pierre Michelot and tenor saxophonist Barney Wilen, this soundtrack is something of a throwback to the feel of Miles’ early ’50s Blue Note recordings with drummer Kenny Clarke.

Rarely has Miles’ open tone been more poignant, and that bittersweet quality probably owes something to Miles’ ongoing affair with the film’s leading lady, Jeanne Moreau.

“The melodies here are brief fragments, sometimes rising up only to disappear and then briefly return. This is Miles playing in the moment, improvising musical impressions as he watched the screen. And what he played managed to capture the era of postwar everywhere, while it offered Davis the freedom to test his on-the-spot compositional skills within a minimalist context. How many other beboppers who worked within the shadow of Charlie Parker could have ever recorded these little gems?”

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