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, and previously released in Europe as a 10 inch LP on the Fontana label. 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. 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. 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.