Playing alto 2 ⅓ years
I've known many who did that and were also creative, had a sound, an original approach. A lot of gigs where you have to do that allow for imrpovised solos and the leader wants those to burn!play the piece they are given to the most accurate and recognized standard.
Once hip-hop+rap discovered triplets and major seventh chords, all that started to sound the same. In jazz, though, it's true that there are some great players who've been able to do new things. Meanwhile, there were musical winds that blew, through Return to Forever, Weather Report, Brecker Brothers, Yellow Jackets, etc. What technology does really well is free up anyone who can get a computer and a little software to create. Will it be original? Who knows.These days, I think that true originality tends to be facilitated by the tech advancements innovations