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Malle Film with Davis Score Set for DVD Release

Elevator to the Gallows (Ascenseur Pour L’Echafaud), the 1958 film debut of Louis Malle featuring a score by Miles Davis (pictured), is scheduled to be released on DVD April 25.

The DVD contains a slew of extras, including archival footage of Davis’ recording sessions for the film; an interview with pianist Rene Urtreger, who is the only living musician from the sessions; and a short documentary about the score with music journalist and frequent JazzTimes contributor Gary Giddins and trumpeter Jon Faddis.

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