Music from 1957 Soundtrack on Limited Edition 10" Vinyl!
First Ever 10" Facsimile Reissue from the Original Tapes! Pressed at Pallas in Germany!
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In 1957, Miles Davis was in Paris for an engagement at the Club Saint-Germain and a wonderful concert at the Olympia Theatre. Once in Paris, Miles came into contact with many members of the modern existentialist cultural environment in the neighborhood of Saint-Germain-des-Près. These include the director Louis Malle who had just finished his first movie : "Ascenseur Pour L'échafaud". Jean-Paul Rappeneau, a jazz fan and Louis Malle's assistant at the time, suggested asking Miles Davis to create the film's soundtrack. A private screening was organized.
On December 4 1957, Miles Davis brought three French jazz-men - Barney Wilen on tenor saxophone, René Urtreger on piano, Pierre Michelot on bass and his American compatriot Kenny Clarke on drums - to the recording studio Le Poste Parisien without having them prepare anything. Miles Davis only gave the musicians a few rudimentary harmonic sequences he had assembled in his hotel room. The recordings were made at night in a most informal atmosphere.
The soundtrack was not released on it's own in the USA but ten songs from this soundtrack were released as one side of the album "Jazz Track" which received a 1960 Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Performance, Solo or Small Group.
"Ascenseur Pour L'échafaud" has become a great achievement of artistic excellence.
"Saxophonist Barney Wilen in particular delivered a career-defining performance that showed that the best jazz could be made anywhere... The sound in the original mono is more immediate and a touch brighter than other versions, with somewhat less added reverberation and a definitely perfect vintage drum sound. The atmosphere of the film and the music are a dark, sublime collaboration, but taken alone this is among the all-time greatest jazz recordings." - Mark Milano, The Absolute Sound, January 2017, 5/5 Music, 5/5 Sonics
Limited Edition 10" Vinyl
33 1/3 rpm speed
Pressed at Pallas in Germany
First Ever 10" Facsimile Reissue from the Original Tapes
Cut by Ray Staff at Air Mastering
Includes Double Insert with Black & White Miles Davis Photo
Miles Davis, trumpet
Barney Wilen, tenor sax
Rene Urtreger, piano
Pierre Michelot, bass
Kenny Clarke, drums
2. L'Assassinat de Carala
3. Sue L'Autoroute
4. Julien Dans L'Ascenseur
5. Florence Sur Les champs-Elysees
1. Diner Au Motel
2. Evasion De Julien
3. Visite Du Vigile
4. Au Bar Du Petit Bac
5. Chez Le Photographe Du Motel
Recorded December 4, 1957 at Le Poste Parisien in Paris.