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Unavailable in the U.S.! Miles Davis' moody, evocative music for the Louis Malle movie (translation: The Lift to the Scaffold) comes in two different forms on this reissue. There is a chronological sketch pad of tracks which didn't appear in the original release, or appeared in altered form, and tracks 16-26, which comprise the body of the original release, complete with the odd dollop of post-production echo to italicize the film's dramatic content. Recorded on December 4-5, 1957, the music for the film has an elegant, romantic air to it. In the company of such French jazzmen as Pierre Michelot and tenor saxophonist Barney Wilen, this soundtrack is something of a throwback to the feel of Miles' early '50s Blue Note recordings with drummer Kenny Clarke. Rarely has Miles' open tone been more poignant, and that bittersweet quality probably owes something to Miles' ongoing affair with the film's leading lady, Jeanne Moreau.
Performed by a Miles Davis-fronted European band for a movie by Louis Malle, this music helped define the sound of film noir. It made viewers think the genre's films had always sounded just so, with slow-walking bass beats and muted, slithering horn lines miming the characters on the screen--and underlining their emotions. The melodies here are brief fragments, sometimes rising up only to disappear and then briefly return. This is Miles playing in the moment, improvising musical impressions as he watched the screen. And what he played managed to capture the era of postwar everywhere, while it offered Davis the freedom to test his on-the-spot compositional skills within a minimalist context. How many other beboppers who worked within the shadow of Charlie Parker could have ever recorded these little gems? --John Szwed
French noir never sounded so good with Miles Davis playing the trumpet over it. Moody, sultry.Published 8 months ago by Lonas Taylor
Very good soundtrack about a very good movie. Arrived in time in good condition.Published 9 months ago by Federico Bonelli
It's a rare CD. A momento of Miles doing the sound track for a movie. I searched for months to find a copy.Published 13 months ago by Mr. Geoffrey A. Ramus
Love this CD. I just wish I had known about this recording sooner! Miles is in great form here, playing some haunting melodies.Published 16 months ago by Mark A Williams
Original, wonderful, smooth recording by the master of cool. All Miles Davis compositions from the French movie, aka Elevator to the Gallows. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Mrs M.