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Jazz Track
Jazz Track
JazzTrack Miles.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 1959[1][2]
RecordedDecember 4, 1957, Paris,
May 26, 1958
Studio30th Street Studio, New York
GenreJazz, hard bop, modal jazz
ProducerTeo Macero
Miles Davis chronology
Jazz Track
Porgy and Bess
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Jazz Track is a compilation album[3] by Miles Davis, released in November 1959 by Columbia Records, catalogue CL 1268.[4] It compiles sessions by the most recent edition of the Davis Sextet which were insufficient to comprise an entire LP, with music previously released in France as a soundtrack. This album was made available on CD for the first time as part of Miles Davis' 'The Original Mono Recordings' box set.[5]


Side one is the American issue of material recorded on December 4, 1957, for the soundtrack of the 1958 Louis Malle film Ascenseur pour l'échafaud,[6] and previously released in Europe as a 10 inch LP on the Fontana label.[7] The soundtrack was recorded in Paris, December 4, 1957, using local musicians, including American expatriate drummer Kenny Clarke.

Side two consists of newly released material recorded by his sextet on May 26, 1958.[8] These were the same musicians who would soon record Kind of Blue, excluding pianist Wynton Kelly. The composition "Fran Dance" is named for Davis' wife, Frances Taylor.

The complete Fontana soundtrack was issued on compact disc in the 1980s, using the original title and Fontana artwork, expanded with all studio takes from the session.[9] The sextet material was later rereleased in 1974 under the title 1958 Miles, with live recordings from the same year replacing the soundtrack material. This album, and not Jazz Track, survived into the compact disc era. The sextet material, with additional tracks, appeared again in 2008 as part of the Kind of Blue 40th Anniversary Edition on Legacy Records.

Track listing

All tracks written by Miles Davis except as indicated.

Side one

1."Générique" (Nuit sur les Champs-Élysées, take 3)2:46
2."L'Assassinat de Carala" (Assassinat, take 3)2:08
3."Sur l'Autoroute" (Séquence Voiture, take 2)2:16
4."Julien dans l'Ascenseur" (Assassinat, take 2)2:07
5."Florence sur les Champs-Élysées" (Nuit sur les Champs-Élysées, take 4)2:49
6."Dîner au Motel" (Motel)3:55
7."Évasion de Julien" (Ascenseur)0:50
8."Visite du Vigile" (Assassinat, take 1)2:02
9."Au bar du Petit Bac" (Le Petit Bal, take 2)2:51
10."Chez le Photographe du Motel" (Final, take 3)3:52

Side two

1."On Green Dolphin Street" (take 3)Bronislaw Kaper, Ned Washington9:55
2."Fran Dance" (incorrectly listed as "Put Your Little Foot Right Out") 5:52
3."Stella by Starlight" (take 3/7)Victor Young, Ned Washington4:48



  1. ^ "November Album Releases" (PDF). The Cash Box. The Cash Box Publishing Co. Inc., NY. 21 November 1959. Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ "Jazz Track". The Billboard. The Billboard Publishing Co. 2 November 1959. Retrieved 2019.
  3. ^ Anon. (2008). Saxophone Journal. 32 (4-6): 30. Jazz Track wasn't an album in the true sense, since it was actually a compilation of two vastly different groups (one European, the other American).CS1 maint: Untitled periodical (link)
  4. ^ Jazz Track, Discogs.com, accessed May 5, 2015
  5. ^ "The Original Mono Recordings | Miles Davis". Miles Davis. Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ December 4, 1957 Session Details, Miles Ahead: A Miles Davis Website, accessed May 5, 2015
  7. ^ Ascenseur pour l'échafaud, Discogs.com, accessed May 5, 2015
  8. ^ May 26, 1958 Session Details, Miles Ahead: A Miles Davis Website, accessed May 5, 2015
  9. ^ The October 25, 1990 date for issue on the Amazon website is given to all compact discs which pre-date their indexing system for release dates; this compact disc appeared in the American marketplace some time in the 1980s.

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