Miles Davis ‎– Ascenseur Pour L’Échafaud (Lift To The Scaffold)


It was recorded at Le Poste Parisien Studio in Paris on December 4 and 5, 1957. The album features the musical cues for the 1958 Louis Malle film Ascenseur pour l'Échafaud.

Jean-Paul Rappeneau, a jazz fan and Malle's assistant at the time, suggested asking Miles Davis to create the film's soundtrack – possibly inspired by the Modern Jazz Quartet's recording for Roger Vadim's Sait-on jamais (Does One Ever Know), released a few months earlier in 1957.

Davis was booked to perform at the Club Saint-Germain in Paris for November 1957. Rappeneau introduced him to Malle, and Davis agreed to record the music after attending a private screening. 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.

The soundtrack was not released on it's own in the USA but ten songs from this soundtrack was released as one side of the album Jazz Track which received a 1960 Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Performance, Solo or Small Group.

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Fontana Records ‎– 836 305-1 Stereo Vinyl LP US Pressing

Side 1.

1. Générique

2. L’Assassinat De Carala

3. Sur L’Autoroute

4. Julien Dans L’Ascenseur

5. Florence Sur Les Champs-Élysées

6. Dîner Au Motel

7. Évasion De Julien

8. Visite Du Vigile

9. Au Bar Du Petit Bac

10. Chez Le Photographe Du Motel

Side 2.

1. Nuit Sur Les Champs-Élysées (Take 1)

2. Nuit Sur Les Champs-Élysées (Take 2)

3. Final (Take 1)

4. Final (Take 2)

5. Le Petit Bal (Take 1)

6. Séquence Voiture (Take 1)

Double Bass – Pierre Michelot
Drums – Kenny Clarke
Piano – René Urtreger
Tenor Saxophone – Barney Wilen
Trumpet, Composed By – Miles Davis

Additional information

Weight 5 kg
LP Condition

Near Mint (NM)

Cover Condition

Near Mint (NM)


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