Miles Davis – Ascenseur pour l’échafaud (Mono, 10" Vinyl)
Miles Davis – Ascenseur pour l’échafaud (Mono, 10" Vinyl)
Miles Davis – Ascenseur pour l’échafaud (Mono, 10" Vinyl)
Miles Davis – Ascenseur pour l’échafaud (Mono, 10" Vinyl)
Miles Davis – Ascenseur pour l’échafaud (Mono, 10" Vinyl)
Miles Davis – Ascenseur pour l’échafaud (Mono, 10" Vinyl)
Miles Davis – Ascenseur pour l’échafaud (Mono, 10" Vinyl)
Miles Davis – Ascenseur pour l’échafaud (Mono, 10" Vinyl)

Miles Davis – Ascenseur pour l’échafaud (Mono, 10" Vinyl)

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Miles Davis, trumpet [click here to see more vinyl featuring Miles Davis]

Barney Wilen, tenor sax [click here to see more vinyl featuring Barney Wilen]

Rene Urtreger, piano

Pierre Michelot, bass

Kenny Clarke, drums

Composed by Miles Davis

1 LP, Double Insert with a Black & White Miles Davis original photo by Gérad Landau from 1957

Limited Edition

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : unspecified

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 10'’



Record Press : Optimal in Germany using the Metal Mothers from Pallas

Label : SAM Records

Original Label : Fontana

Recorded December 4, 1957 at Le Poste Parisien in Paris

Remastered by Ray Staff at Air Mastering in London

Originally released in 1958

Reissued in 2021



Side A

  1. Generique
  2. L'Assassinat de Carala
  3. Sue L'Autoroute
  4. Julien Dans L'Ascenseur
  5. Florence Sur Les champs-Elysees

Side B:

  1. Diner Au Motel
  2. Evasion De Julien
  3. Visite Du Vigile
  4. Au Bar Du Petit Bac
  5. Chez Le Photographe Du Motel


Awards :

TAS Super LP List! Special Merit: Singles & EPs

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

Grand Prix du Disque 1958 - Académie Charles Cros

Reviews :

Soundtrack of Louis Malle’s 1958 movie titled Ascenseur pour l’Echafaud (Elevator to the Gallows / Lift to the Scaffold)

"There is something more satisfying and historically complete to having a superbly reproduced version of the original document and that is what Sam Records provides in its commendably completist style that includes a laminated 'fold-over' cover, outstanding cover photo reproduction and as a bonus, a black and whilte matte finish photo of Miles in Paris 1957 by Gérard Landau. More importantly, the mono sonics on this evocative soundtrack, where your mind can almost accurately conjure up the "noir-ish" happenings on screen (involving, among other action, an illicit love affair and a murder), are transparent and precise." Michael Fremer,

"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

« 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. » AllMusic Review by Michael G. Nastos

Ratings :

AllMusic : 4.5 / 5 , Discogs : 4.74 / 5 , The Absolute Sound : 5/5 Music, 5/5 Sonics , Michael Fremer : Music = 10/11, Sound = 10/11

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