It’s no wonder that bassist Putter Smith has been a mainstay on the L.A. jazz scene for well over 30 years. Indeed, his sonic warmth and generosity of spirit have helped lift bandstands with Thelonious Monk, Lee Konitz, Art Pepper, Art Blakey, Ray Charles, Carla Bley and Anita O’Day (to mention a few). More recently, he’s pleased connoisseurs with inspired collaborations with pianist Alan Broadbent. Here, Smith-with saxophonists John Gross and Gary Foster, pianists Dave Frishberg and Patrice Rushen and drummers Joey Baron and Peter Donald-sets an adventurous pace.
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