Back when I was in music school (1964) Maynard was officially looked down on by trumpet players that I knew. My teacher (identity left blank) said that he was not even in the same class as Gozzo, for instance, and that his playing was just gimmicky. HOWEVER, every trumpet player I knew payed close attention when he played on the radio. I found his playing exciting almost like forbidden fruit. I went to see him play in person, for the first time, about ten years ago and while he obviously was no technical whiz he was great to see and hear--a great entertainer. One of the ten best??? Yes, but only if you judge him by his lasting influence.