There are so many great electric bass players involved in jazz today, but it is virtually impossible to find any actual jazz recordings (outside of poorly recorded YouTube videos) by them. I'm talking about straight-ahead jazz, not jazz/funk, not vaguely jazzy neo-soul / J-Dilla / hip-hop inspired stuff, not Thundercat, not Janek Gwizdala etc, just the straight ahead jazz that's out there today. I'm talking about people like Felix Pastorius, Tom Kennedy, Russ Rodgers, Rufus Philpot, Dave Buda, Hadrian Feraud etc etc - these are all incredible jazz musicians, with very little actual recorded material, especially just straight ahead jazz, even though they are all absolutely amazing at playing that stuff. When you do find a recording, it's often a novelty 'bass' record or a mixture of styles to show off chops. Yet when you hear these guys on YouTube, they're playing jazz standards and just absolutely killing it. There are a few great labels out there that still release new jazz, but without exception the bass is always an upright. So what's going on with this? Is nobody interested in garden-variety jazz played by these guys? Or are they reluctant to release anything because 'it's not proper jazz unless it's on an upright'? Or maybe they feel like they have nothing new to add to the genre, and they just use that stuff as jam material at trade shows? Or have I just not looked hard enough for recordings? I don't know but I'm interested in opinions. (The upright vs. electric debate has been done to death, so let's not focus too much on that).