I offer the latter option, merely as some I know have described him in such tones! I'm of the opinion that the man's a genius, and probably still not at his peak yet! It's fair to say that most of the tracks on his CDs have been to showcase his tremendous technical prowess but why not when you can play violinistic passages with consummate ease which no one would have dared touch not long ago? (I refer specifically to his rendition of Saint-Saens Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso on his album 'No Limit'). Even if his slow playing doesn't quite have the magic of a Maurice Andre or some of our best cornet soloists yet, it certainly is still worth listening to and it can only get better with experience. I also think he's taken flugelhorn playing to another dimension. His control over all ranges (inclding his remarkable facility in the pedal range) is astonishing to my ears. Still, that's just an honest, humble opinion. Any other thoughts?