Primary Instrument: Guitar
The members of the Atmos Trio (Featuring Rob Michael on Guitars, Drew Waters on Basses and Joe Shotwell on Drums and Percussion) are all extremely well- rounded musicians. Having been hiring their services out to other musical projects in every conceivable musical styles for years, it wasn't until 2004 that the Trio decided to pursue their own muse.
Each member brings their own world of influences and spirit. These three musos, having spent so much of their energy lending their talents to countless projects for other people, began to ask the question: “What would happen if we just play the music that we want to play?” This simple idea put into motion a series of events that culminated into this set of tunes, which, in part, represent the musical answer.
Combining singable melodies usually associated with pop music, unexpected harmonic and tonal shifts of moderns jazz and World textures, the Atmos Trio is busy carving a unique niche for themselves. Mix these elements with stunning solo and ensemble improvisations and the Trio will take you on a musical journey not soon forgotten.
Atmos Trio launches upon a jazz album that belittles no one (unlike many neo-jazz albums these days) and instead concentrates on inviting the listener inward. As if somehow able to whisper inside our ear, Atmos Trio swears up and down about how relaxing the trip will be. And they're right. ---Smother Magazine
Big variety, live instruments but staying true to the essence of that is jazz... Atmos Trio's playing is as professional as any other big name jazz players out there. All in all, this album is absolutely worth it for fans of fast paced action jazz works.---CIM Radio
... after serving their careers as sidemen and industry pros, these three musicians deliver their own book... man! i love these tracks... you will too! ---Dr. Mike/ RadioioJazz
An atmospheric, yet joyful sound courtesy of Atmos Trio, masters of tasteful elegance. Memorable melodies played with the heart. Sometimes you may think Bill Frisell is one of them! Not necessary though, all these three fine musicians work in perfect unison to create little unpredictable masterpieces.---Fuse This Jazz Radio
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