I have heard many young trumpet players tell me they started listening to Maynard in the 80's, and they have never heard anything he played prior to 1977. This is too bad. By 1980, Maynard was only 20% the trumpet player he used to be, in my opinion. His very best playing days were between 1958 - 1971. Though, he had incredible chops from 1948-1955, his solos didn't quite have the musicality and creativety he played with later on. By far, his best jazz solos are 1958-1961. Some of my very favorite solos: Foxy, Ole, Ol' Man River, Slide's Derrangement, And We Listened. The Way You Look Tonight from 1955 is awesome. He had it all: Tone, incredible technique, range, imagination and musicality. Too bad, but many people judge Maynard as a player based on the way he played in the last 3 decades of his career. He was out of his prime by about 1977.