Wadada Leo Smith - trumpet, director of the ensembleAnthony Davis - pianoAshley Walters - celloJohn Lindberg - bassPheeroan akLaff - drumsWith America's National Parks, visionary composer and trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith offers his latest epic collection, a six-movement suite inspired by the scenic splendor, historic legacy, and political controversies of the country's public landscapes. Writing for his newly expanded Golden Quintet, Smith crafts six extended works that explore, confront and question the preserved natural resources that are considered the most hallowed ground in the U.S. - and some that should be.America's National Parks was released shortly before Smith's 75th birthday in December, arriving, coincidentally, in the midst of celebrations for the centennial of the National Park Service, which was created by an act of Congress on August 25, 1916. The spark for the project, however, came from two places: Smith's own research into the National Park system, beginning with Yellowstone, the world's first national park; and Ken Burns' 12-hour documentary series, The National Parks: America's Best Idea.''The idea that Ken Burns explored in that documentary was that the grandeur of nature was like a religion or a cathedral,'' Smith says. ''I reject that image because the natu...
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