Miles Davis ‎– Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud

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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.

This soundtrack might also be referred to as "Elevator to the Gallows (French: Ascenseur pour l'échafaud; previously known as Frantic in the US), also known as Lift to the Scaffold (UK)".

Versions (94)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
660.213 MR Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud(10", Album) Fontana 660.213 MR France 1958 Sell This Version
660 213 TR Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud (Lift To The Scaffold)(10", Album) Fontana 660 213 TR Netherlands 1958 Sell This Version
660.213 MR Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud(10", Album) Fontana 660.213 MR France 1958 Sell This Version
660 213 TR Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud(10", Album, Mono) Fontana 660 213 TR Germany 1958 Sell This Version
660.213 MR Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'échafaud(10", Album, Mono, RE) Fontana 660.213 MR France 1958 Sell This Version
660 213 TR Miles Davis Ascensore Per Il Patibolo(10", Album) Fontana 660 213 TR Italy 1958 Sell This Version
660.213 MR Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud(10", Album) Fontana 660.213 MR France 1959 Sell This Version
680.242 TL Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud(LP, Album) Fontana 680.242 TL France 1959 Sell This Version
660.213 MR Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'échafaud(10", Album, Mono, RE) Fontana 660.213 MR France 1959 Sell This Version
PAT-505 Miles Davis Quintet* Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud(LP, Album, RE) Fontana PAT-505 Japan 1973 Sell This Version
660 213 Miles Davis Quintet* Ascenseur Pour L'Echafaud(LP, Album, Mono, RE) Mercury 660 213 US 1974 Sell This Version
PAT-1055 Miles Davis Quintet* Ascenseur Pour L'Echafaud(LP, Album, RE) Fontana PAT-1055 Japan 1974 Sell This Version
SFX-10546(M) Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Echafaud(LP, Album, Mono) Philips SFX-10546(M) Japan 1977 Sell This Version
BT-5315(M) Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud(LP, Album, Mono) Philips BT-5315(M) Japan 1979 Sell This Version
EVER-1016(M) The Miles Davis Quintet Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud(LP, Album, Mono, RE, Obi) Philips EVER-1016(M) Japan 1983 Sell This Version
836 305 - 4 Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'echafaud(Cass, Album) Fontana 836 305 - 4 Netherlands 1988 Sell This Version
836 305-2 Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud (Lift To The Scaffold)(CD, Album, RE) Fontana 836 305-2 US 1988 Sell This Version
836 305-2 Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud (Lift To The Scaffold)(CD, Album, RE, RP, Com) Fontana 836 305-2 Germany 1988 Sell This Version
836 305-1 Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud (Lift To The Scaffold)(LP, Album, RP) Fontana 836 305-1 US 1988 Sell This Version
836 305-1 Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud (Lift To The Scaffold)(LP, Album, RP) Fontana 836 305-1 US 1988 Sell This Version
840 813-2 Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud(CD, Album) Fontana 840 813-2 France 1988 Sell This Version
840 813-2 Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud(CD, Album) Fontana 840 813-2 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
28JD-10170 Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud(CD, Album, Mono) Fontana 28JD-10170 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
836 305-1 Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'échafaud (Lift To The Scaffold)(LP, Album, RE) Fontana, PolyGram Jazz 836 305-1 Netherlands 1988 Sell This Version
836 305-2 Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud (Lift To The Scaffold)(CD, Album, RE) Fontana 836 305-2 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
836305, 220973 Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud (Lift To The Scaffold)(LP, Album) Fontana, PGP RTB 836305, 220973 Yugoslavia 1989 Sell This Version
EJD-3002 Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud(CD, Album, RE) Fontana EJD-3002 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
PHCE-2034 Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud (Lift To The Scaffold)(CD, Album, Mono, RE, RM) Fontana, Polygram Jazz PHCE-2034 Japan 1994 Sell This Version
PHCE-4181 Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud (Lift To The Scaffold)(CD, Album, RE, RM) Fontana, Polygram Jazz PHCE-4181 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
PHCE-3072 Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud (Lift To The Scaffold)(CD, Album, RE, RM, Pap) Fontana, Polygram Jazz PHCE-3072 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
660213 Miles Davis Lift To The Scaffold (Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud)(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Speakers Corner Records, Fontana 660213 Germany 1998 Sell This Version
836 305-2 Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud (Lift To The Scaffold)(CD, Album, RE) Fontana 836 305-2 UK & Europe 1999 Sell This Version
AN-2060 Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud (Lift To The Scaffold)(CD, Album, Unofficial) ArsNova AN-2060 Russia 2000 Sell This Version
548 149-2 Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud(CD, Album, RE, RM, Dig) Gitanes Jazz Productions, EmArcy, Universal 548 149-2 France 2000 Sell This Version
548149-2 Miles Davis L'Ascenseur Pour L'Echaufaud(CD) Universal Records 548149-2 France 2000 Sell This Version
836 305-2 Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud (Lift To The Scaffold) Original Soundtrack - Complete Recordings(CD, Album, RE, RM, Dig) Fontana 836 305-2 France 2002 Sell This Version
836 305-2, CD 423 Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud (Lift To The Scaffold)(CD, Album, Unofficial) Fontana (2), Fontana (2) 836 305-2, CD 423 Yugoslavia 2002 Sell This Version
UCCM-9065 Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud - Original Soundtrack - Complete Recordings(CD, Album, Mono, Ltd, RE, RM, Pap) Fontana UCCM-9065 Japan 2002 Sell This Version
CDJ002 Miles Davis Ascensore Per Il Patibolo - Colonna Sonora Originale(CD, Album, RE) Corriere Della Sera CDJ002 Italy 2002 Sell This Version
836 305 2 Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud (Lift To The Scaffold) Original Soundtrack - Complete Recordings(CD, Album, RE, RM, Dig) Fontana, EmArcy, Universal 836 305 2 Europe 2003 Sell This Version
378 314-0 Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud (Lift To The Scaffold) Original Soundtrack - Complete Recordings(CD, Album, RE, RM, RP, Dig) Fontana, EmArcy, Universal Music France 378 314-0 France 2003 Sell This Version
UCCU-9512 Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud - Original Soundtrack - Complete Recordings(CD, Album, Mono, Ltd, RE, RM, Pap) Fontana UCCU-9512 Japan 2004 Sell This Version
981 574 5 Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud(CD, Album, RE, RM) Universal Music France 981 574 5 Europe 2004 Sell This Version
9838851 Miles Davis Fahrstuhl Zum Schafott Soundtrack(CD, Album, Lim + DVD-V, PAL) Universal 9838851 Germany 2006 Sell This Version
B0009398-02 Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud(CD, Album, Club, RE, RM) Fontana, Verve Records B0009398-02 US 2007 Sell This Version
B0009398-02 Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud(CD, Album, RE, EDC) Fontana, Verve Records B0009398-02 US 2007 Sell This Version
836 305-1, B000939802 Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud(CD, Album, RE, RM) Fontana, Verve Records 836 305-1, B000939802 Canada 2007 Sell This Version
9788498154283 Miles Davis Ascensor Para El Cadalso(CD, Ltd, RE, Boo) Universal Music Spain S.L. 9788498154283 Spain 2007 Sell This Version
UCCU-9457 Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud - Original Soundtrack - Complete Recordings(CD, Album, Mono, RE, SHM) Fontana UCCU-9457 Japan 2008 Sell This Version
2711402189 Miles Davis Noir(CD, Album) Δίφωνο, Legend Recordings 2711402189 Greece 2008 Sell This Version
JWR 4503, JWR4503 Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud (Lift To The Scaffold)(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, 180) Jazz Wax Records, Jazz Wax Records JWR 4503, JWR4503 Spain 2009 Sell This Version
CD150 Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'échafaud(CDr, Album, RE, RM) RDM Edition CD150 France 2009 Sell This Version
836 305-1 Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud (Lift To The Scaffold)(LP, Album, RP, 180) Fontana 836 305-1 France 2010 Sell This Version
DOX833LP Miles Davis Lift To The Scaffold - Original Soundtrack(LP, Album, RE) Doxy DOX833LP Europe 2010 Sell This Version
MOVLP419 Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud (Lift To The Scaffold)(2xLP, Album, Dlx, RE, 180) Music On Vinyl MOVLP419 Europe 2011 Sell This Version
VNL 12204 LP Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud (Lift To The Scaffold)(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, 180) Studio Media (3) VNL 12204 LP Italy 2011 Sell This Version
VNL 12204 LP Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud (Lift To The Scaffold)(LP, Album, RE) DOM-Ermitage VNL 12204 LP Europe 2011 Sell This Version
UCCU-6011 Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud - Original Soundtrack - Complete Recordings(CD, Album, Mono, RE, RM, SHM) Fontana UCCU-6011 Japan 2011 Sell This Version
276 673-5 Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud(CD, Album, RE, Car) Universal Music France, Universal Music Classics & Jazz France 276 673-5 France 2011 Sell This Version
131559 Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud(CD, Album, RE) Phoenix Records (15) 131559 2012 Sell This Version
UCCU-90000 Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud - Original Soundtrack - Complete Recordings(CD, Album, Mono, Ltd, RE) Universal Music UCCU-90000 Japan 2013 Sell This Version
none Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud(26xFile, FLAC, Album, RE, RM, 24-) Universal Music none Germany 2013
372651-6 Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud(Blu-ray, Blu-ray-A, RM) EmArcy 372651-6 France 2013 Sell This Version
DOL756 Miles Davis Lift To The Scaffold - Original Soundtrack (aka Ascenseur Pour L'Echafaud)(LP, Album, RE) Dol DOL756 Europe 2013 Sell This Version
771970 Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud (Lift To The Gallows)(LP, RE, 180) WaxTime 771970 Europe 2014 Sell This Version
UCCU-99012 Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud - Original Soundtrack - Complete Recordings(CD, Album) Universal Music UCCU-99012 Japan 2015 Sell This Version
none Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud(26xFile, AIFF, Album, RE, RM, 24-) Universal Music none US 2015
63208 Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud(CD, Comp) Crackerjack Records (2) 63208 Spain 2015 Sell This Version
DOL756H Miles Davis Lift To The Scaffold - Original Soundtrack (aka Ascenseur Pour L'Echafaud)(LP, Album, RE, 180) Dol DOL756H Europe 2015 Sell This Version
UCCU-5757 Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud - Original Soundtrack - Complete Recordings(CD, Album, Mono, RE, SHM) Fontana UCCU-5757 Japan 2016 Sell This Version
660.213 MR, SR13 Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud(10", Album, Mono, Ltd, RE, RM) Fontana, Sam Records (8) 660.213 MR, SR13 France 2016 Sell This Version
37029 Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud(LP, Album, Dlx, Ltd, RE, 180) Jazz Images 37029 Europe 2016 Sell This Version
81213 Miles Davis "Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud" (Lift To The Gallows)(CD, Comp, RE, RM, 24-) State Of Art (2) 81213 2017 Sell This Version
38051 Miles Davis Ascenseur Por L'Echafaud(CD) Jazz Images 38051 Europe 2017 Sell This Version
UCCU-8014 Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud - Original Soundtrack - Complete Recordings(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, UHQ) Fontana UCCU-8014 Japan 2017 Sell This Version
VNLC 12204 LP Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud (Lift To The Scaffold)(LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, 180) Disques DOM, DOM-Ermitage VNLC 12204 LP Europe 2018 Sell This Version
950632 Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud (Lift To The Scaffold)(LP, RE, Min) WaxTime In Color 950632 Europe 2018 Sell This Version
0600753818589 Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud (2xCD, Album, RE, RM) Fontana 0600753818589 Europe 2018 Sell This Version
660.213 MR, 0060075379639 Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud(10", Album, RE + 2x10" + Dlx, RM) Fontana, Fontana 660.213 MR, 0060075379639 Europe 2018 Sell This Version
0060075379639 Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud(LP, Album, RE, W/Lbl + 2xLP, W/Lbl + RM) Fontana 0060075379639 Europe 2018 Sell This Version
WLV82099 Miles Davis Lift To The Scaffold - Original Soundtrack(LP, Album, RE) Wax Love Records WLV82099 Europe 2018 Sell This Version
9152306 Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud(12", Album) Pan-Am Records 9152306 2019 Sell This Version
SFX-7170 Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Echafaud(LP, Gat) Philips SFX-7170 Japan Unknown Sell This Version
836 305-2 Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud (Lift To The Scaffold) Original Soundtrack - Complete Recordings(CD, Album, RE, RM, jew) Fontana 836 305-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
836 305-2 Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud (Lift To The Scaffold)(CD, Album, RE) Fontana 836 305-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
836 305-2 Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud (Lift To The Scaffold)(CD, Album, RE) Fontana 836 305-2 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
836 305-2 Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud (Lift To The Scaffold)(CD, Album, RE) Fontana 836 305-2 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
836 305-2 Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud (Lift To The Scaffold)(CD, Album, RE) Fontana 836 305-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
836 305-2 Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud (Lift To The Scaffold)(CD, Album, RE) Fontana 836 305-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
660.213 MR Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud(10", Album) Fontana 660.213 MR France Unknown Sell This Version
B0009398-02 Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud(CD, Album, RE, RM, RP) Fontana, Verve Records B0009398-02 US Unknown Sell This Version
812107-1 Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud(LP, Album, Mono) Fontana 812107-1 France Unknown Sell This Version
812107-1 Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud(LP, Album, Mono) Fontana 812107-1 France Unknown Sell This Version
660.213 TR Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud(LP, Album, Mono, Promo) Fontana 660.213 TR Japan Unknown Sell This Version

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o.v.overveldt

o.v.overveldt

May 19, 2019
referencing Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud, 10", Album, 660.213 MR
To be honest: the album has never been released in stereo!
toshberman

toshberman

July 29, 2018
referencing Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud, 10", Album, RE + 2x10" + Dlx, RM, 660.213 MR, 0060075379639

According to my current bank statement, I'm broke, yet, I couldn't help myself purchasing this three-10" disk set of the Miles Davis' definition of perfection "Ascenseur pour l'échafaud." The Louis Malle film is fantastic of course, but the soundtrack music is one of those series of perfect aural moments. With incredible backing from French Jazz musicians Pierre Michelot, René Urtreger, Barney Wilen, and the great American drummer Kenny Clarke. The mood is consistent, which has traces of sadness and reflection. The ultimate 'Modal' sounding album, it reflects the sound of a moody sea or a sense of moisture on a Parisian pavement.

I have at least four versions of this soundtrack album. It is consistently reissued in various formats, but my favorite is the 10" record. Last year, they released a 10" original version, but this package includes all the outtakes throughout three discs. For the new listener, I would suggest this above package because it sounds phenomenal, and there is not a bad or wasted cut on this album, including the extra bonus cuts. Economically you can find a more inexpensive version, but then again, why do you want a discount of vinyl greatness?

The album works in the early morning as well as late in the evening. It has a purity or a sense of place that is meditative, but not background music. Choosing a favorite Miles album is almost pointless, due to his vast recorded history. Although, on a very subjective level, this is my favorite Miles album. It never fails in supplying me the food I need to move on, and although I don't feel it's a spiritual work, but perhaps more of a sexual experience. Sensuality that is the forefront, and therefore the ultimate sound of lovemaking that enters the brain.
utzdman55

utzdman55

July 12, 2018
referencing Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud, 10", Album, Mono, Ltd, RE, RM, 660.213 MR, SR13
Amazing press by Sam Records, easily defeats digitally-sourced 2013 RSD 2nd side of 'Jazz Track'
Ellef

Ellef

June 18, 2018
referencing Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud, 10", Album, RE + 2x10" + Dlx, RM, 660.213 MR, 0060075379639
Dont know how true the analog masters bit is, however, the sound is just out of this world on my Audio Research tube amp hifi!
Vilss

Vilss

June 6, 2018
referencing Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud (Lift To The Scaffold), CD, Album, RE, RP, Com, 836 305-2

Lovely version of this atmospheric album that includes all of the takes as well as the issued album. Works surprisingly well as the final versions are shortened/ cut to fit the film soundtrack.
music_emporium

music_emporium

June 4, 2018
referencing Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud, 10", Album, 660.213 MR
Lift to the Scaffold or, in the original French title, Ascenseur pour l'échafaud, is a brilliant film noir from 1958 that helped to establish the Nouvelle Vague and the New Modern Cinema scenes. No less brilliant is the score, composed by Miles Davis and featuring mostly French musicians, including the great Barney Wilen on tenor saxophone, as well as Kenny Clarke on drums, this is some of the most lonesome and morose music Davis recorded in his career. Perfectly matching the stark, dangerous, and grim moods of the film, this is a truly amazing score by one of the biggest names in jazz music history.
thanxtojack

thanxtojack

April 11, 2018
referencing Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud (Lift To The Scaffold), LP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, 180, JWR 4503, JWR4503
Hello, does someone own this record and can give a feedback about the quality of the pressing ? Thx
sandrokarma

sandrokarma

February 12, 2018
referencing Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud, 10", Album, Mono, Ltd, RE, RM, 660.213 MR, SR13

I confirm the top quality of this reissue. It sounds great. Excellent
Jazzadelica

Jazzadelica

August 30, 2017
referencing Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud, 10", Album, Mono, Ltd, RE, RM, 660.213 MR, SR13
Sam Records did a great job here. Excellent pressing and great reproduction of the original artwork. I was blown away when I put this on the turntable. Sounds like dynamite.
Get a copy while they still last.
bayawiki

bayawiki

July 25, 2017
referencing Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud, 10", Album, Mono, Ltd, RE, RM, 660.213 MR, SR13

Cover and sound 10/10.
One of the best reissue I ever heard