...plays his horn with a soulfulness that is rarely heard these days. [His] poetic, dusky-toned trumpet is very close to song. --Chicago Tribune
McNeil's solos were by and large the most incisive features of the night. --London Daily Mail
John McNeil's music is not a dim echo of someone else. He thinks for himself. --Milwaukee Journal
Mr. McNeil's trumpet work is full and rich with a bright, clear tone. His improvisations showed a sensitivity and lushness few can match. --Kansas City Star
...a balance of understatement and uninhibited swinging. --Washington Post
...his refusal to fall back on prefabricated hip licks was another sign of his commitment to emotional truth. --Chicago Tribune
...as soon as he put mouth to horn, his talent was evident...