“An examination of Saunders’ improv solo . . . shows the breathtaking melodies and never-ending supply of creative improvisations that make him a highly regarded player.”

–Chris Chapman, Down Beat (published transcription of Carl’s solo on “Stella By Starlight”)


“Saunders has brought audiences to their feet with solos, which are spectacular only in their continuity, flow, and ideas…Saunders may find himself one of the most talked about trumpeters of the 90’s.”

–Doug Ramsey, Jazz Times (review of Out Of The Blue)


“Breathtaking long lines of delicate swinging filigree…this set is a stunning musical experience…the way Art Pepper would have sounded had he played trumpet”

–Ron Lipka, International Trumpet Guild Journal (review of Out Of The Blue)


“The trumpet playing throughout is brilliant, with long lines of perfectly placed notes created in an unpredictable but ultimately logical fashion.”

–Scott Yanow (review of Eclecticism)


“If you’ve not yet heard this master of the trumpet/flugelhorn, it’s time you did.”

–Jack Bowers (review of Eclecticism)


“Carl Saunders—probably the best trumpet player you’ve never heard.” 

–Carl Fontana, Jazz Journal International (review of Out Of The Blue)