Release Date: 1992


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Track List

1. Smile
2. That Man on My Mind (feat. Brenda Russell)
3. Walkin’ My Way to You
4. Me Surrounded by You
5. Giving Up on Love
6. Photograph
7. You Don’t Know Me
8. Love Understands
9. Goldmine
10. Sadness


Bass –Jimmy Haslip
Keys –Russell Ferrante, Larry Williams
Guitar -James Hara, Donald Griffin
Drums -Will Kennedy, Vinnie Colauita
Percussion -Paulino De Costa
Horns –Walt Fowler, Jim Marentic, Steve Tavlione
Vocals -Bunny Hull, Jim Gilstrap, MayAnn Mattiello, Petsye Powell, Brenda Russell, Marilyn Scott

Smile – Russell Ferrante, Marilyn Scott
That Man On My Mind – Brenda Russell
Walking My Way To You – Brenda Russell, Larry Williams
Me Surrounded By You – Marilyn Scott, Tom Snow
Giving Up On Love – Bobby Caldwell, Dennis Matkosky
Photograph – Craig Siegle, Steve Solow
You Don’t Know Me – Eddy Arnold, Cindy Walker
Love Understands – Marilyn Scott, Russell Ferrante, Jimmy Haslip
Goldmine – Claude McKnight, Mervyn Warren
Sadness – Marilyn Scott, Russell Ferrante

About Smile

Smile” changed things in every part of my life. It brought new existence to what I was always trying to convey. I had the solid backing of my management and label. The support of talented writers and players who were friends, all trying to find the next step up. It was my second video, “You Don’t Know Me” that led to a visit to the Asenio Hall show with Dave Koz as Music Director. I pushed myself to bring something different and solid and I think we did that.

Amazon Customer Review

More than half of these songs–including the title track–are backed by the ‘Jackets. “Smile” is even a joint composition by Scott, Russell Ferrante and Jimmy Haslip and it’s right up with their most efervescent work. Yellowjackets fans know that Scott has done session work for them, as well as having toured with them during the tour that their “Livewires” album was recorded on. And they return the favor bigtime here without going for joint “and the…” billing on the cover. There’s even the old standard “You Don’t Know Me” (of Ray Charles fame), done smooth jazz style. Now I know what the ‘Jackets would sound like if they sent Mintzer on vacation and substituted a female vocalist.

Listen to the Album

  1. Smile
  2. That Man On My Mind
  3. Walkin' My Way To You
  4. Me Surrounded By You
  5. Giving Up On Love
  6. Photograph
  7. You Don't Know Me
  8. Love Understands
  9. Goldmine
  10. Sadness


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