Put this leader and his trio solidly in the top ten of the world's working string trios (Rosenberg Trio,
Trio Balkan Strings, Bell/Meyer/Bush, Austria's Triology and Iceland's Guitar Islancio among them) and there's
a pantheon of pure playful--and tuneful--pleasure.
Jurgen Goethe CBC (Disc Drive)
"I'd compare it to the music David Grisman made with the late Jerry Garcia."
Robert Reid - Guelph Mercury
"Atkinson backs up his jaw-dropping technique with real -- and really good -- music. Check the
Spanish-sounding, rapid-fire arpeggios opening "Bright Eyed Waltz" as it transforms into a fun,
twirling turn. "Walker" is absolutely dazzling. Expertly backed by Chris Frye on guitar and
Joey Smith on bass, this is exuberantly fresh and sparkling, a wonderful gem."
John P. Mclaughlin - The Vancouver Province
"...punching out lively tunes with technical prowess, yet still interspersed with episodes of
emotionally-charged improv . . . he darts up and down the length of the fret-board, plucking out a
barrage of well-timed notes with amazing dexterity."
"The release of the Marc Atkinson Trio's aptly-titled fourth CD, IV, is cause for celebration."
Joseph Blake Times Colonist
reviews & articles - 2008/09
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Music: Marc Atkinson Duo
A family bereavement meant rhythm guitarist Reuben Wier had to return to British Columbia,
leaving Marc Atkinson and bassist Joey Smith to continue as a duo...
Marc Atkinson Trio a Delightful Treat
I had enjoyed for some time the music of Marc Atkinson groups and now know the reason for
that enjoyment. He showed such a talent at the Harrison venue during his performance Saturday,
CD Review - Scott Lingley, Penguin Eggs
Sparkling acoustic jazz from guitarist-composer Marc Atkinson 'The Bills' (abetted here by rhythm guitarist Chris Frye and bassist Joey Smith ) that could easily equip a
decade's worth of CBC radio chat shows with whimsical, vaguely exotic theme music.... Read More
CD Review - Joeseph Blake, Times Colonist
This is another beautiful recording from ex-local guitarist Marc Atkinson and his veteran bandmates... Read More
His compositions span a range of genres, but it's the quality of playing live off the
floor, coupled with the sense of joy the three musicians convey in playing, that really
J.P.M. The Province - Apr. 2008
What this guy can do with his locally made Nyberg guitar bespeaks serious woodshedding...
CD Release Concert - Joseph Blake, Times Colonist - May 9th, 2008
The release of the Marc Atkinson Trio's aptly-titled fourth CD, IV, is cause for celebration...
BC Local News - May 1st, 2008
The new album is called simply, but in keeping with the previous three CDs,
Marc Atkinson Trio IV. Atkinson says it was inspired by his 14-month old son, Arlo. He says
the upbeat, jazz-infused instrumentals are inspired by the kind of music heard [where he lives]...