Miles Davis - Ascenseur pour l'echafaud

 (Limited Edition Vinyl Pressed by Optimal in Germany and Remastered From the Original Master Tapes )


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ASAM 013
EAN: 3700409815058
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10 inch Vinyl Record


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180 Gram Vinyl Record

Limited edition 10-inch vinyl record

Remastered from the original tapes

Pressed by Optimal in Germany

"There is something more satisfying and historically complete to having a superbly reproduced version of the original document and that is what Sam Records provides in its commendably completist style that includes a laminated 'fold-over' cover, outstanding cover photo reproduction and as a bonus, a black and whilte matte finish photo of Miles in Paris 1957 by Gérard Landau. More importantly, the mono sonics on this evocative soundtrack, where your mind can almost accurately conjure up the "noir-ish" happenings on screen (involving, among other action, an illicit love affair and a murder), are transparent and precise." — Music = 10/11; Sound = 10/11 — Michael Fremer, Read the whole review here.

Performed by a Miles Davis-fronted European band for a movie by Louis Malle (translation: "The Lift to the Scaffold"). This reissue LP, originally recorded on December 4-5, 1957, 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.

"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?" —



Ratings from Michael Fremer @

Side A:
L’assassinat de Carala
Sur l’autoroute
Julien dans l’ascenseur
Florence sur les Champs-Elysees

Side B:
Diner au motel
Evasion de Julien
Visite du vigile
Au bar du petit bac
Chez le photographe du motel

Customer Reviews (4.50 Stars) 6 person(s) rated this product.


posted on 09/05/2022
5 Stars
Reviewer: JW
How all records should sound. I have six different versions of this record. This one is the best. Vinyl is dead quiet. Dynamics are startling. Reference Quality!!!

Absolute all round perfection.

posted on 12/08/2021
5 Stars
Reviewer: Derek
Just backing up what others have said. What a great sounding little package. Just love it. ??

Reference Quality

posted on 06/19/2019
5 Stars
Wow, just wow....not only is the packaging best in class, but so is the recording and the pressing.

I don't know if Sam Records remastered this or not, but I compared to Side 1 of the mono "Jazz Tracks" LP, which is basically the same content as this 10". Both are mono.

There is no comparison...I thought "Jazz Tracks" was a damn fine mono issue, but this 10" is so much better, both in terms of bass depth, detail and, weirdly, soundstage depth and breadth. It sounds like stereo.

Absolutely reference quality. I may buy more copies, it's that good.


posted on 04/19/2017
5 Stars
Reviewer: Jojo Isip
You better grab one or two while you can, because when the word gets out on how fabulous sounding this 10 incher is, it will be gone before you can say... pffft! Packaging is first class all the way. The sound is glorious. Probably the finest sounding mono recording extant. Cue cut no. 3 side one and hold on to your socks, they're going to be blown off!

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