Laura Nyro returned to the studio after a four-year hiatus with this completely fresh sounding album. Laura was reunited with her Eli producer Charlie Calello and a very impressive line-up of New York session cats, which led the album in a much more jazz-tinged direction than her previous releases. She had moved to a more serene environment and the music that was created for this album is certainly influenced by that move away from the city.
Laura took many of these musicians out on the road with her following the recording of this album and the results can be heard on the following year’s Season of Lights live recording. Liner notes are provided by Laura biographer Michele Kort, who points out that “Smile still stands as a transition for Laura Nyro between her highly emotional early albums and her mellower later work.”
Mastering is provided by Vic Anesini who has brilliantly captured what was going down in the studio back in the day. The release is fleshed out by a series of demos that were most likely recorded early in the sessions that produced this special album.