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Ascenseur pour l'échafaud

Miles Davis

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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.

© Michael G. Nastos /TiVo

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Ascenseur pour l'échafaud

Miles Davis

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1
Générique (Bande originale du film "Ascenseur pour l'échafaud")
00:02:48

Miles Davis, Composer, Trumpet, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Kenny Clarke, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Pierre Michelot, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Barney Wilen, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - René Urtreger, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Marcel Romano, Producer

℗ 1958 Decca Records France

2
L'assassinat de Carala (Bande originale du film "Ascenseur pour l'échafaud")
00:02:09

Miles Davis, Composer, Trumpet, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Kenny Clarke, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Pierre Michelot, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Barney Wilen, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - René Urtreger, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Marcel Romano, Producer

℗ 1958 Decca Records France

3
Sur l'autoroute (Bande originale du film "Ascenseur pour l'échafaud")
00:02:18

Miles Davis, Composer, Trumpet, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Kenny Clarke, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Pierre Michelot, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Barney Wilen, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - René Urtreger, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Marcel Romano, Producer

℗ 1958 Decca Records France

4
Julien dans l'ascenseur (Bande originale du film "Ascenseur pour l'échafaud")
00:02:09

Miles Davis, Composer, Trumpet, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Kenny Clarke, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Pierre Michelot, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Barney Wilen, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - René Urtreger, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Marcel Romano, Producer

℗ 1958 Decca Records France

5
Florence sur les Champs-Élysées (Bande originale du film "Ascenseur pour l'échafaud")
00:02:52

Miles Davis, Composer, Trumpet, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Kenny Clarke, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Pierre Michelot, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Barney Wilen, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - René Urtreger, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Marcel Romano, Producer

℗ 1958 Decca Records France

6
Dîner au motel (Bande originale du film "Ascenseur pour l'échafaud")
00:03:57

Miles Davis, Composer, Trumpet, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Kenny Clarke, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Pierre Michelot, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Barney Wilen, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - René Urtreger, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Marcel Romano, Producer

℗ 1958 Decca Records France

7
Évasion de Julien (Bande originale du film "Ascenseur pour l'échafaud")
00:00:53

Miles Davis, Composer, Trumpet, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Kenny Clarke, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Pierre Michelot, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Barney Wilen, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - René Urtreger, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Marcel Romano, Producer

℗ 1958 Decca Records France

8
Visite du vigile (Bande originale du film "Ascenseur pour l'échafaud")
00:02:03

Miles Davis, Composer, Trumpet, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Kenny Clarke, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Pierre Michelot, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Barney Wilen, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - René Urtreger, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Marcel Romano, Producer

℗ 1958 Decca Records France

9
Au bar du Petit Bac (Bande originale du film "Ascenseur pour l'échafaud")
00:02:52

Miles Davis, Composer, Trumpet, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Kenny Clarke, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Pierre Michelot, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Barney Wilen, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - René Urtreger, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Marcel Romano, Producer

℗ 1958 Decca Records France

10
Chez le photographe du motel (Bande originale du film "Ascenseur pour l'échafaud")
00:03:50

Miles Davis, Composer, Trumpet, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Kenny Clarke, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Pierre Michelot, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Barney Wilen, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - René Urtreger, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Marcel Romano, Producer

℗ 1958 Decca Records France

11
Nuit sur les Champs-Élysées (Take 1 - Bande originale du film "Ascenseur pour l'échafaud")
00:02:25

Miles Davis, Trumpet, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kenny Clarke, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Pierre Michelot, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Barney Wilen, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - René Urtreger, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Marcel Romano, Producer

℗ 1988 Decca Records France

12
Nuit sur les Champs-Élysées (Take 2 - Bande originale du film "Ascenseur pour l'échafaud")
00:05:22

Miles Davis, Trumpet, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kenny Clarke, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Pierre Michelot, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Barney Wilen, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - René Urtreger, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Marcel Romano, Producer

℗ 1988 Decca Records France

13
Nuit sur les Champs-Élysées (Take 3 - Bande originale du film "Ascenseur pour l'échafaud")
00:02:53

Miles Davis, Trumpet, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kenny Clarke, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Pierre Michelot, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Barney Wilen, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - René Urtreger, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Marcel Romano, Producer

℗ 1988 Decca Records France

14
Nuit sur les Champs-Élysées (Take 4 - Bande originale du film "Ascenseur pour l'échafaud")
00:03:00

Miles Davis, Trumpet, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kenny Clarke, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Pierre Michelot, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Barney Wilen, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - René Urtreger, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Marcel Romano, Producer

℗ 1988 Decca Records France

15
Assassinat (Take 1 - Bande originale du film "Ascenseur pour l'échafaud")
00:02:03

Miles Davis, Trumpet, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kenny Clarke, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Pierre Michelot, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Barney Wilen, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - René Urtreger, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Marcel Romano, Producer

℗ 1988 Decca Records France

16
Assassinat (Take 2 - Bande originale du film "Ascenseur pour l'échafaud")
00:02:11

Miles Davis, Trumpet, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kenny Clarke, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Pierre Michelot, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Barney Wilen, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - René Urtreger, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Marcel Romano, Producer

℗ 1988 Decca Records France

17
Assassinat (Take 3 - Bande originale du film "Ascenseur pour l'échafaud")
00:02:10

Miles Davis, Trumpet, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kenny Clarke, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Pierre Michelot, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Barney Wilen, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - René Urtreger, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Marcel Romano, Producer

℗ 1988 Decca Records France

18
Dîner au motel (Take 2 - Bande originale du film "Ascenseur pour l'échafaud")
00:03:57

Miles Davis, Trumpet, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kenny Clarke, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Pierre Michelot, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Barney Wilen, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - René Urtreger, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Marcel Romano, Producer

℗ 1988 Decca Records France

19
Final (Take 1 - Bande originale du film "Ascenseur pour l'échafaud")
00:03:05

Miles Davis, Trumpet, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kenny Clarke, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Pierre Michelot, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Barney Wilen, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - René Urtreger, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Marcel Romano, Producer

℗ 1988 Decca Records France

20
Final (Take 2 - Bande originale du film "Ascenseur pour l'échafaud")
00:03:01

Miles Davis, Trumpet, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kenny Clarke, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Pierre Michelot, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Barney Wilen, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - René Urtreger, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Marcel Romano, Producer

℗ 1988 Decca Records France

21
Final (Take 3 - Bande originale du film "Ascenseur pour l'échafaud")
00:04:05

Miles Davis, Trumpet, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kenny Clarke, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Pierre Michelot, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Barney Wilen, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - René Urtreger, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Marcel Romano, Producer

℗ 1988 Decca Records France

22
L'interrogatoire de Julien (Take 1 - Bande originale du film "Ascenseur pour l'échafaud")
00:05:15

Miles Davis, Composer, Trumpet, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Kenny Clarke, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Pierre Michelot, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - René Urtreger, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Marcel Romano, Producer

℗ 2017 Decca Records France

23
Évasion de Julien (Take 2 - Bande originale du film "Ascenseur pour l'échafaud")
00:01:57

Miles Davis, Trumpet, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kenny Clarke, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Pierre Michelot, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Barney Wilen, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - René Urtreger, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Marcel Romano, Producer

℗ 1988 Decca Records France

24
Le petit bal (Take 1 - Bande originale du film "Ascenseur pour l'échafaud")
00:02:40

Miles Davis, Trumpet, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kenny Clarke, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Pierre Michelot, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Barney Wilen, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - René Urtreger, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Marcel Romano, Producer

℗ 1988 Decca Records France

25
Le petit bal (Take 2 - Bande originale du film "Ascenseur pour l'échafaud")
00:02:55

Miles Davis, Trumpet, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kenny Clarke, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Pierre Michelot, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Barney Wilen, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - René Urtreger, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Marcel Romano, Producer

℗ 1988 Decca Records France

26
Séquence voiture (Take 1 - Bande originale du film "Ascenseur pour l'échafaud")
00:02:57

Miles Davis, Trumpet, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kenny Clarke, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Pierre Michelot, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Barney Wilen, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - René Urtreger, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Marcel Romano, Producer

℗ 1988 Decca Records France

27
Séquence voiture (Take 2 - Bande originale du film "Ascenseur pour l'échafaud")
00:02:18

Miles Davis, Trumpet, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kenny Clarke, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Pierre Michelot, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Barney Wilen, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - René Urtreger, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Marcel Romano, Producer

℗ 1988 Decca Records France

Album review

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.

© Michael G. Nastos /TiVo

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