"One of the finest mainstream jazz albums of the year...[an] exquisite debut...McDonald plays with fluidity and crispness...One very enjoyable album from start to finish. I could not be more impressed."
"McDonald is a pungent soloist brimming with energy and ideas…He shows his expressive strengths as a ballad player on his somber 'In Exile,' then erupts with a fury on the edgy, aggressively surging modal workout 'Hero Worship.'"
Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes
"McDonald and his supporting cast form a tight unit. Regardless of who has the lead, all players are heard and stretch out freely. It Doesn't End Here is an excellent album."
"A superb newcomer...his first CD as a leader leaves no doubt that he's found a home in jazz. His style can be nicely languid...gorgeous...or exuberant...A formidable composer...Here's hoping the album title is a promise."
"[McDonald's solo disc] is a beaut. It will make you wonder, 'Where has this guy been, anyway?'...He's a great writer to boot...He's got a confident and gentle vibrato, with a flowing sound that belies the harshness of too many an altoist...His tone is shimmering and glassy...Nice walk on homer by a veteran in the minors for too long."
"[The title track from It Doesn't End Here] is a wonderful composition played beautifully. I didn't have to hear anything else to judge how good McDonald and his crew were."
"[This disc] has a surprise bite and kick...Let it play on repeat all day and it won't wear out its welcome. Very much a warm and pleasant date."
Chris Spector, Midwest Record
"Marc McDonald's sultry saxophone explores the gamut of emotions in It Doesn't End Here...McDonald's involving originals and canny covers create a warm, welcoming atmosphere."
Paul Freeman, Palo Alto Daily News
"Performance is the most important thing in [It Doesn't End Here]...McDonald is a fine player and he and the band offer good material."
"McDonald plays with a sparse yet lyrical and full-bodied delivery...All in all, a fragrant first flowering from the late-blooming McDonald."