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Wadada Leo Smith to Release Album Inspired by National Parks

Trumpeter-composer influenced by nation's natural resources

"America's National Parks" is set to be released on Oct. 14

Trumpeter-composer Wadada Leo Smith has announced the upcoming release of a Cuneiform Records album titled America’s National Parks. The album is, as worded in a press release, a “six-movement suite inspired by the scenic splendor, historic legacy, and political controversies of the country’s public landscapes.”

The album release coincides with celebrations of the centennial of the National Park Service, which Congress created on Aug. 25, 1916. For the album, Smith drew inspiration from both his own personal research and from Ken Burns’ 12-hour documentary series The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.

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