Duke Ellington

Three Cent Stomp

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Duke Ellington’s “Three Cent Stomp” is a bit of an obscurity, though it was played on over two dozen occasions during the 1940s. This briskly paced swinger was premiered in 1943 during his long wartime engagement at the Hurricane Club in New York City, it appears on a number of commercial issues made from broadcast airchecks or transcriptions. The master take recorded in the fall of 1943 as a non-commercial transcription for World Broadcasting eclipses the 1947 version made for Columbia, because of the better sound and the superb soloists, which include trumpeters Shorty Baker, Rex Stewart and Ray Nance, trombonist Tricky Sam Nanton, bassist Junior Raglin and the little known tenor saxophonist Elbert Skippy Williams. It was never again played after 1949, though at least 7 of the 27 known complete versions have since been issued on LP or CD.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1972 CBS Records 2:55
No Image 1975 3:02
100 Anniversaire 1999 EPM 3:04
No Image 1999 Columbia 3:02
The Duke - The Essential Collection: 1927-1962 2000 Legacy / Columbia 0:00
Duke Ellington, Vol. 1 & 2 2001 Platinum Disc 3:26
Duke Ellington, Vol. 2 2001 Platinum Disc 3:26
The Very Best of Count Basie & Duke Ellington 2004 Platinum Disc 3:26
The Treasury Shows, Vol. 13 2008 Storyville 4:07
Treasury Shows, Vol. 23 2017 Ellington Treasury / Storyville 3:35
The Treasury Shows, Vol. 19 Ellington Treasury / Storyville 3:47