"Those who have experienced Paris have advantage over those who have not. We are the ones who have glimpsed a little bit of heaven, down here on earth." - Deirdre Kelly

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Paris Playlist #21 - Générique

"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)
Rene Urtreger (Pianist)
Kenny Clark (Drums)  

Vivre, Rire, Aimer,

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