It can be very frustrating to be a musician..Here's something I want you to think about.
One of the things I like to do is to check out artist that are unknown to me, especially saxophonist. It can be very frustrating when I hear someone who puts out a CD with ok to good tracks and the performance of the lead instrument is not of the best quality. Disclaimer: I am not saying that I can play circles around any saxophonist on the planet...I still have TONS to work on. However, It's obvious that there's something missing.
I hear this a lot in the smooth jazz genre. I hear it in others as well. Some artist, instead of playing their own music, will play the same smooth jazz/R&B material and people go nuts. Maybe it's because the audience knows the material, I don't know.
I guess it's the same in the traditional jazz arena. I get tired of playing the same stuff on a regular basis..that's one of the reasons I like freelancing. It's something different all of the time.
At the same time...sometimes we have to do things we don't want to do to get to places we want to be.
I'll go figure it out now...TTYl