Dennis " already a good drummer, and one day he's really actually going to be a monster"
- Count Basie

"If I ever have a record date coming up that calls for a drummer and Dennis is not available, I'll postpone the session. He's that good."
George Shearing

“I think Dennis is one of the finest young drummers I've ever heard. He is extremely knowledgeable and he is also a very accomplished writer..."
- Thad Jones

"Mackrel's drumming, especially well-displayed in his brushwork solos on ballads, was illuminated by his far-ranging experience and his skills as a composer and arranger"
- LA Times

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