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Take a cruise with Snookum

Here’s an old jazz version of Bobby Troup’s “Route 66” you probably haven’t heard. It’s by pianist Isaac “Snookum” Russell and his All Reet Orchestra.

Russell’s band on the recording features Justin Adams on guitar, Artie “Weasel” Langston on bass, Frank Parker on drums, Wallace Davenport on trumpet and Hollis Carmouche on clarinet.

Details on Russell are sketchy, although it’s reported he and his band played in tobacco warehouses and dance halls throughout the South during the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s. Snookum Russell died in 1981 at the age of 68.


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