Miles Davis – Ascenseur Pour L’Échafaud

The Prince of Darkness cast his dark, mysterious spell on the compelling soundtrack of Louis Malle’s Ascenseur Pour L’Echafaud (Lift to the Scaffold). Backing up by drummer Kenny Clarke and solid French jazzmen, Miles improvised as the film being showed on screen. “Dîner Au Motel” displayed Mile’s exceptional, hard-swing bebop licks on muted trumpet, but the real deals are the slow, sensual scores, like “Générique,” that were perfect for film noir’s mood. Check out this scene.