Ascenseur Pour L'echafaud - 180 Gram - Sealed

MILES DAVIS Ascenseur Pour L'echafaud (2024 UK/EU limited edition 10-track LP pressed on 180-gram black vinyl, originally released in 1958 Miles Davis' creation of the soundtrack to Louis Malle's film noir Ascenseur pour l'Échafaud remains oneof his finest albums — and one of the only jazz soundtracks that was entirely improvised. Decca France presents this beautiful limited edition reissue of the original album, starring Miles Davis, Barney Wilen, Rene Urtreger, Pierre Michelot and Kenny Clarke, recorded in Paris, Le Poste Parisien, December 4/5 1957. High quality gatefold picture sleeve with liner notes, factory sealed. Recommended)

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$37.49, £29.99  
Product Availability Last 2 copies in stock. Order now for shipping on Monday 15th April
Release Date 9th Feb 2024
Release Year 2024
Condition Unless stated otherwise in the description above, all items are in at least excellent condition - so please read our descriptions carefully. We try to sell items as close to Mint condition as possible, and many will indeed be close to brand new and/or unplayed. Others may be 'used' - and all will meet our strict grading and are 100% guaranteed.
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Format vinyl LP album (LP record)
Record Label Decca France
Complete Stock List Go to Miles Davis
Product Catalogue No 45830942
Music Genre Progressive, Male Solo, Jazz
Country Comes from UK Comes from 'UK'
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Contradictory accounts of Miles Davis' creation of the soundtrack to Louis Malle's film noir Ascenseur pour l'Échafaud have all become part of its legend. Rarely has a soundtrack been so decisive. Nearly seventy years on, beyond the myth, this taut, feverish recording, imbued with extreme dramatic tension, remains one of the Miles' finest records. The basic outline remains: Jean-Paul Rappeneau suggested to Malle asking Miles Davis to create the film's soundtrack who agreed to record the music after attending a private screening. Davis was performing at the Club Saint-Germain in Paris in November 1957 and on December 4, he brought his four sidemen to the recording studio without having had them prepare anything. Davis only gave the musicians a few rudimentary harmonic sequences he had assembled in his hotel room, and, once the plot was explained, the band improvised without any precomposed theme, while edited loops of the musically relevant film sequences were projected in the background. Bassist Pierre Michelot recalled in 1988 that “Miles just asked us to play two chords, D minor and C7, 4 bars of each, ad lib.” Typically, Miles planned very little but know exactly what he wanted. François Leterrier, the film's Second Assistant Director picks up the story: “The session started at around ten o'clock and went on until dawn. The screen in the auditorium was showing the scenes for which Miles had devised some harmonies, and they were edited into a loop. And that's what makes this music unique: it was entirely improvised in conditions that went back to the days of silent films, while watching frames shot in black and white by cinematographer Henri Decaë: tracking shots of Jeanne Moreau wandering down the Champs-Elysées at night, passing in front of lit window displays or going into bars, while looking for her lover/murderer alias Maurice Ronet … This beautiful re-issue of the original recording is pressed on 180g vinyl at GZ, and packaged in a deluxe gatefold tip-on jacket with Boris Vian's original liner notes and Jean-Pierre Leloir's iconic studio photo of Miles and Jeanne Moreau, and an essay on the circumstances that led to this out-of-the ordinary music by Franck Bergerot.

Side A
Generique
L’assassinat de Carala
Sur l’autoroute
Julien dans l’ascenseur
Florence sur les Champs-Elysees

Side B
Diner au motel
Evasion de Julien
Visite du vigile
Au bar du petit bac
Chez le photographe du motel


LP RECORD  
Recording Artist Miles Davis
Product Title Ascenseur Pour L'echafaud - 180 Gram - Sealed
Product Information Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'echafaud - 180 Gram - Sealed UK vinyl LP album (LP record).
Language All tracks are sung in English, unless otherwise stated in our description.
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