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  • Putter Smith (2011)
    Patrick Smith got his nickname, "Putter", from the putt-putt (scooter) which he was said, as an overweight child, to resemble.

    Born in Bell, California, it was perhaps inevitable that Putter would become a jazz bass player: he's the younger brother of Carson Smith, himself best-known for his work with Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker (together and separately) and a part of the Chico Hamilton Quintet. In fact, Putter began to play on a half-size bass which Carson had left behind when he first went on the road, and in fact learned to play along with Gerry Mulligan-Chet Baker records.

    On the scene for half a century, he's a Southern California legend who has played with astonishing array of musicians: Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, Art Blakey, Jackie & Roy, Carmen McRae, … He has also more than a few studio pop records such as the Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations", Sonny & Cher, The Righteous Brothers, …

    In fact, it was while appearing with Monk at Shelly Manne's Manne Hole that Putter met the director for the 1971 James Bond movie "Diamonds Are Forever". Three months later he had his first acting gig as the vaguely gay villain Mr Kidd: Kidd and the equally ambiguous Mr Wint, kill several drug smugglers before they fail to kill Bond; after they fail a second time to kill him, it's Bond who kills them.

    A big advocate for jazz education, Putter practices what he preaches by still practicing the bass every day.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Art Tatum Willow, Weep for Me Complete Capitol Recordings, Vol. 1 Capitol
    # 2 Gerry Mulligan The Best of the Gerry Mulligan Quartet with Chet Baker Walkin' Shoes Blue Note
    # 3 Dave and Larry Koonse Dialogues of the Heart Django Jazz Compass
    # 4 Lee Konitz and Gerry Mulligan Konitz Meets Mulligan Lover Man Pacific Jazz
    # 5 Charlie Parker Yardbird Suite Bird of Paradise Rhino
    # 6 Sonny Rollins Saxophone Colossus St Thomas Prestige
    # 7 Thelonious Monk The Unique Thelonious Monk Just You, Just Me OJC
    # 8 Miles Davis 'Round Midnight 'Round Midnight Columbia
    # 9 Dory Caymmi Dory Caymmi Velho Piano Elektra Musician
             
    Book "If I'm just going for a little time, ... a great Martin Amis book, perhaps 'London Fields'. But if I were stuck there, ... probably the works of Shakespeare."
             
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