CRITIC'S PLAYLIST MARGARET EXPLOSION: SKYHIGH This is one of the most original and unusual bands in Rochester; a five-piece ensemble exploring all sorts of musical dimensions linked to free jazz, Third World melodies, exotic instrumentation and a spacey, enveloping sort of music that often echoes the works of Scandanavian saxophonist Jan Garbarek and other Europeans who record for the ECM label. The 13 tracks on Skyhigh vary from the funk of 'Shep's Paradise' (a tribute to the legendary local jazz club), to the geographic tributes to 'Ionia' and 'Bilboa.' Despite the offbeat material, the Explosion plays with a single-minded purpose and organic oneness that's most impressive. - Jack Garner, Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, NY, 11.17.06 'SPONTANEOUS COMPOSITION' ACT, MARGARET EXPLOSION, CELEBRATES IT'S NEW CD The Margaret Explosion's music is infinite, eternally elegant, and mystical. It is a musical journey with no end - or beginning, for that matter. The Margaret Explosion is slow-motion psychedelia that conjures images and colors. It will awaken things in your head. You will see. The lyric-free lilt the music offers is a more complex and interesting narrative than found in most songs with words; like thoughts in larval from, before they get fleshed out with consonants and vowels. And in this case the narrative belongs to the listener - as well the band - for there is no map, no compass, no divining rod. - Frank DeBlase, City Newspaper, Rochester, NY.
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