Yes, he was great back in the day. One of my favorite albums is Donald's "Taking Care of Business" with a young Herbie Hancock and Pepper Adams on baritone sax. This was before Herbie went with Miles, but he was great even as a kid.
Some of your jazz trumpeters played (and still DO) great melodic lines, and we guitarists miss out on a lot if we don't check them out. And some of your Bach and Handel pieces with lots of brass are just out and out MAJESTIC!