SP, you make an excellent point. It is very easy after many years of being here and the countless repeats of this type of post to really hope that the new poster will make at least a minimal effort to look up Marsalis here at TM before posting something like this. In this case, just like the hundreds before, we can "read" alot into the original claim. Perhaps the poster has a collection of thousands of trumpet tracks and could back up the claim. Perhaps they only have a Marsalis CD or 2. We really can't know. Whether or not it is fair to comment at all is a moot point. When we type "marsalis" into the search feature here at TM, we get 341 threads, most of which are clearly labeled and offering tons of info on the master and his competition. http://www.trumpetmaster.com/vb/f131/best-trumpet-player-world-42525.html In any case, there are mixed feelings about spoon feeding generalities and that is why I counter such posts with an education mandate. If more than minimum effort would be required to check the scene out, I would agree with some of the critics here. To the generation willing to google just about everything, I don't think it is unreasonable to mention that option here. The only meaningful "best of" argument as far as I am concerned is about the best wife and kids. There I win hands down - and I hope all of you married ones out there can say the same about you and yours!