Did you notice something really bad in the music industry recently? (No, besides that... And that...) Look around, there are almost no recent virtouso musicians, no masterful influential players who aren't old timers.
I mean, if this were the early 70's and someone asked you to name some virtuoso guitarists, you'd have absolutely no problem coming up with at least twenty. Lessee, perhaps something like: Fripp, McLaughlin, Beck, Howe, Allman, Garcia, Zappa, DiMeola, Hackett, Clapton, Page, Coryell, Parkening, Williams, Towner, Latimer, Martino, Gatton, Holdsworth, Akkerman. Easy. For extra credit you should be able to name 20 more.
But try to name any virtuoso guitarists that appeared on the music scene within, say, the last six years or so. It's tough! There's that John Mayer guy, he's alright, but he's no virtuoso. Charlie Hunter is certainly a virtuoso, but he's been around for over a decade.
You can ask the same question about keyboard players. For the early 70's you've got Emerson, Minnear, Banks, Corea, Hancock, Moraz, Duke, Sancious, Wakeman, Stewart, Jarret, etc.) And now?
Or bass players (McCartney, Squire, Rutherford, Wier, Cassady, Pastorius, Clarke, Entwistle, Kaye, Jamerson, Graham, Swallow, etc.).
Or drummers (Bruford, Collins, Palmer, Starr, Moon, Baker, Cobham, Williams, etc.).
But it's truly sad; there really are almost no recent virtuoso players. There's apparently not going to be a Hendrix or Coltrane of this generation. That's a major cultural loss. That's a lot of student musicians who are not going to be inspired to do great things.
(On the upside, this also means there's very likely a lot of market demand for virtuoso musicians. And that a record label that puts some effort in this direction would do pretty well. Hint-hint.)