The Perfume Suite (Podcast #22-009)

ERRATA — In the podcast, I said the later version of “The Perfume Suite” was recorded in 1961. Only “Strange Feeling” was recorded in 1961. The other three movements were recorded in 1957.


“Date with the Duke” is a George Pal production from 1947. This short film featured Duke Ellington performing selections from “The Perfume Suite” with talking and dancing perfume bottles.


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Animation figures. 1983.0361.05A, 1983.0361.05B, 1983.0361.05C.

The perfume bottles are in the Smithsonian Institution.



The recordings heard on this podcast episode:



Girls Suite

The Perfume Suite: Under the Balcony/Dancers in Love/Coloratura  (LP: “The Girl’s Suite and The Perfume Suite” Columbia  C38028)

Recorded 2 December 1957, New York City

Cat Anderson, Andres Marenguito, Clark Terry, Ray Nance – trumpet; Britt Woodman, Quentin Jackson, John Sanders – trombone; Johnny Hodges, Russell Procope, Jimmy Hamilton, Paul Gonsalves, Harry Carney – reeds; Duke Ellington – piano; Jimmy Woode – bass; Sam Woodyard – drums.

The Perfume Suite: Strange Feeling  (LP: “The Girl’s Suite and The Perfume Suite” Columbia  C38028)

Recorded 1 June 1961, New York City

Cat Anderson, Willie Cook, Ray Nance, Ed “Moon” Mullens – trumpet; Lawrence Brown, Lou Blackburn, Chuck Connors – trombone; Johnny Hodges, Russell Procope, Jimmy Hamilton, Paul Gonsalves, Harry Carney – reeds; Duke Ellington – piano; Aaron Bell – bass; Sam Woodyard – drums; Milt Grayson – vocal.


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The Perfume Suite: Strange Feeling  (CD: “Complete Prestige Carnegie Hall 1943-1944 Concerts,” Definitive Records DRCD11210)

Recorded 1 December 1944, New York City

Cat Anderson, Shelton Hemphill, Rex Stewart, Taft Jordan, Ray Nance – trumpet; Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, Claude Jones – trombone; Johnny Hodges, Otto Hardwicke, Jimmy Hamilton, Al Sear, Harry Carney – reeds; Duke Ellington – piano; Fred Guy – guitar; /junior Raglin – bass; Hillard Brown – drums; Al Hibbler – vocal.


— Our closing music—-

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It’s Something You Ought To Know (Paul Gonsalves – “Ellingtonia Moods and Blues,” RCA Victor / RCA63562)

Recorded 29 February 1960, New York City

Paul Gonsalves- tenor sax; Johnny Hodges – alto sax; Ray Nance – cornet; Mitchell “Booty” Wood – trombone; Jimmy Jones – piano; Al Hall – bass; Oliver Jackson – drums.

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