Tuesday, April 16, 2013

ascenseur pour l'échafaud

Miles Davis improvised this sad smokey sensual somnambulist soundtrack to a frantic French noir film while watching clips from the movie. Davis was performing at Parisian nightclub Club Saint-Germain and was approached by Jean-Paul Rappeneau to do the soundtrack to Louis Malle's film 'Ascenseur pour l'échafaud' ('Lift To The Scaffold' or 'Elevator to the Gallows').  After watching a private screening, Davis showed up at Le Poste Parisien Studio in Paris with his musicians.  Davis had worked up some basic ideas in his hotel room; but the group had very little to build on when they started recording.  With scenes from the film projected in the studio as they played, they extemporized the entire soundtrack live with Miles Davis on trumpet; American expatriate Kenny Clarke on drums; and French musicians Barney Wilen on tenor saxophone; René Urtreger on piano, and Pierre Michelot on bass. 'Ascenseur pour l'échafaud' is a lost classic that begins one of Davis' most accomplished periods of creativity.  


'Ascenseur pour l'échafaud' was Louis Malle's first film and became associated with European art cinema and the burgeoning Nouvelle Vague (French New Wave).  The film made a star of Jeanne Moreau.


A1  Générique 2:52


A2 L'assassinat de Carala 2:12


A3 Sur l'autoroute 2:21


A4 Julien dans l'ascenseur 2:13


A5 Florence sur les Champs-Elysées 2:53


B1 Dîner au motel 3:59


'Ascenseur pour l'échafaud'
full album:

00:00 - Générique
02:53 - L'assassinat de Carala
05:04 - Sur l'autoroute
07:24 - Julien dans l'ascenseur
09:37 - Florence sur les Champs-Élysées
12:29 - Dîner au motel
16:27 - Évasion de Julien
17:21 - Visite du vigile
19:26 - Au bar du Petit Bac
22:20 - Chez le photographe du motel

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