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ASCENSEUR POUR L'ECHAFAUD (LIFT TO THE SCAFFOLD)

Miles Davis

Jazz Rock/Fusion


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2.79 | 15 ratings | 2 reviews | 13% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1958

Songs / Tracks Listing

LP (the soundtrack):
A1 Générique 2:45
A2 L'Assassinat De Carala 2:10
A3 Sur L'Autoroute 2:15
A4 Julien Dans L'Ascenseur 2:07
A5 Florence Sur Les Champs-Élyseés 2:50
B1 Dîner Au Motel 3:58
B2 Évasion De Julien 0:53
B3 Visite Du Vigile 2:00
B4 Au Bar Du Petit Bac 2:50
B5 Chez Le Photographe Du Motel 3:50

CD version bonuses (the sessions):
11. Nuit Sur Les Champs- Élysées (take 1) (2:28)
12. Nuit Sur Les Champs- Élysées (take 2) (5:26)
13. Nuit Sur Les Champs- Élysées (take 3) (2:55)
14. Nuit Sur Les Champs- Élysées (take 4) (3:03)
15. Assassinat (take 1) (2:07)
16. Assassinat (take 2) (2:15)
17. Assassinat (take 3) (2:13)
18. Motel (4:02)
19. Final (take 1) (3:10)
20. Final (take 2) (3:05)
21. Final (take 3) (4:09)
22. Ascenseur (2:03)
23. Le Petit Bal (take 1) (2:43)
24. Le Petit Bal (take 2)) (2:58)
25. Séquence Voiture (take 1) (2:59)
26. Séquence Voiture (take 2) (2:51)


Total Time 75:11

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Line-up / Musicians

- Miles Davis / trumpet
- Barney Wilen / tenor saxophone
- Rene Urtreger / piano
- Pierre Michelot / bass
- Kenny Clarke / drums

Releases information

Original Soundtrack of the Louis Malle's movie.
Recorded in Paris, December 4, 1957.
LP: Fontana 60 213 TR (Netherlands)
CD : Fontana 836 305-2 (1988,Europe, different cover,bonuses)
LP re-release: Fontana 660213(1998, different cover)
CD re-release: Universal Music (France)548 149-2 (2000, different cover, no bonuses, original LP track list only),Verve Records B0009398-02(2007,same,US)

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Polygram Records 1990
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MILES DAVIS Ascenseur pour l'Echafaud (Lift To The Scaffold) ratings distribution


2.79
(15 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(13%)
13%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(40%)
40%
Good, but non-essential (33%)
33%
Collectors/fans only (13%)
13%
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)
0%

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Review by Neu!mann
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3 stars This filled-to-near-capacity CD reissue is actually two albums: the original soundtrack to the 1957 film-noir directed by Louis Malle (translated title: 'Elevator to the Gallows'), and a generous collection of unused music and multiple takes from the same Paris recording session. The arrangement gives listeners a chance to compare the work in progress to its final realization, and the difference is dramatic, accomplished with little more than a tasteful application of atmospheric studio reverb.

The music itself, assembled over two days (with almost no preparation) by Davis and a quartet of local French jazzers, may be the quintessential film noir score. Listen to the opening 'Générique' theme for proof: a moody, late night urban soundscape so vivid you can almost smell the empty, rain-slicked boulevards, and see the slowly blinking neon lights reflected in the gutters. Check out too the probing trumpet cries of 'Assassinat', played over an ominous upright bass ostinato.

Elsewhere on the album ('Motel', 'Sur l'Autoroute') are some truly boppin' beatnik grooves, with the muted trumpet trading frenetic solo turns alongside tenor sax man Barney Wilen. Complete the experience with coffee, cigarettes, and optional black turtleneck attire.

The film was produced a full decade before Davis even began to contemplate a fusion of Jazz and Rock styles, and certainly bears no relation whatsoever to anything resembling Prog. The album was hardly groundbreaking, at least compared to the many other milestones (pun not entirely unintended) in Davis' career. But in retrospect it's the sort of traditional Jazz even a non- jazzer can dig, thanks to the evocative cinematic ambience in every track.

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Posted Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Review by snobb
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2 stars I listened to this French re-release of Original Soundtrack from late 50-s with a quite mixed feeling. First of all, this recording was made more than half a century ago, it's a huge period of time! Than - it is a chance to hear future genius Miles Davis on his daily work - this album was recorded just in few days and for sure was more commercial project for Davis, than some important step in his musical career.

In fact, I got there what I expected. Miles Davis plays real soundtrack -oriented music, with his mastership, but without any big ideas or experimentation. Just work for the money. Few unknown musicians support him in his gangster-bop, nostalgic sound of old movies. Atmospheric and often not without its own beauty, this soundtrack is a interesting example for collectors of Davis pre-progressive era. Whenever has no relations even with proto-fusion, this is listening for bop-lovers. But even them can find much better Davis albums from post-bop time.

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