Miles Davis - Ascenseur Pour L'echafaud (LP)

$ 22.99


Release Date: 01/15/21

Bonus Digipack Containing The Complete Album + 7 Bonus Tracks!

PLUS BONUS DIGIPACK INCLUDED INSIDE: Containing the complete album
Ascenseur pour l'échafaud plus 7 bonus tracks Including updated liner notes
Ascenseur pour l'échafaud wasn't the first film to use a jazz soundtrack or to feature jazz
musicians. Hollywood began making short films and features with some of the best jazz
stars as soon as motion pictures with sound were invented. Duke Ellington had his own
short film showcase beginning with the 1929 Black & Tan, many of which also used dancers,
effects and strange camera angles. Louis Armstrong's film career began in 1928 (although
no reel of his first film, titled Ex-Flame, seems to have survived). There were even all-black
musical films like A Cabin in the Sky and Stormy Weather, musical comedies featuring a
combination of jazz artists and dance acts by some of the most renowned stars of the
thirties and forties. However, the novelty of films such as Louis Malle's Ascenseur pour
l'échafaud was the absolute integration of jazz music to a feature film whose story had
nothing to do with jazz or even with music itself: the utilization of jazz music to emphasize
the dramatic action and to develop/support the film's climax. Miles Davis' improvisations
fit the dark atmosphere of the film perfectly and contributed greatly to underline the many
subtleties of the story and the internal thoughts of its characters. And the most amazing fact
of all is that this entire body of music was improvised in the recording studio. Besides being
an absolute success, Louis Malle's film set the stage for a new understanding between jazz
and film, and probably opened the door for Otto Prnger's 1959 Anatomy of a Murder, a
thriller with James Stewart which had a complete soundtrack by Duke Ellington composed
especially for the film.

Label: Groove Replica
Genre: Jazz
Language: English
Run Time: 40 mins

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