Cinema Sounds #012 – Miles Davis: Improvisations for Ascenseur pour l’echafaud

Part of our ongoing Cinema Sounds series, Paul Gonter brings us a clip of Miles Davis’s improvisational soundtrack to Louis Malle’s 1958 film Ascenseur pour l’echafoud.

The Artist: the coolest, Miles Davis
The Influence: French crime drama staring Jeanne Moreau
The Result: live, improvised film score

A wonderful moment captured: Paris, 1958, famed jazz musician Miles Davis improvises to scenes from Louis Malle’s film Ascenseur pour l’echafoud (Elevator to the Gallows). Davis’s improvisations are then used as the film’s soundtrack. What a glorious loop..

Davis’s soundtrack for Ascenseur pour l’echafoud is available for purchase on iTunes.

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