...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...