"Don't play what's there, play what's not there."
- Miles Davis
In November 1958, Miles Davis traveled to Paris for a month long engagement at Club Saint Germain. He wound up staying a few extra days when he was asked to record the score to the film noir classic - Ascenseur pour l'échafaud. Along with three native Frenchmen and one expatriate, the quintet recorded the entire soundtrack during the first few days of December, without relying on written material - by watching the movie on a screen in front of them and improvising - playing what was not there. "Generique" is the first track. It's haunting, sensual, melancholy, brilliant. Paris.
"Générique," Ascenseur pour l'échafaud
Miles Davis Quintet:
Miles Davis (Trumpeter)
Barney Wilen (Soprano Saxophonist)
Pierre Michelot (Bass)
Rene Urtreger (Pianist)
Kenny Clark (Drums)
Vivre, Rire, Aimer,