I love these guys -- Robert Jospe, Jeff Decker, Bob Hallahan, and Randall Pharr. Living in Charlottesville, Virginia, I'm lucky enough to be able to hear them on a regular basis. Robert and Jeff teach in the music department at the University of Virginia. Bob teaches nearby at James Madison University's School of Music, and Randall lives, gigs, and teaches in Richmond.
Yes, they're all connected to universities, but don't let that worry you. They're not academic players, and this isn't academic music. It's all way too funkified for that.
"Blue Blaze." Robert Jospe and Inner Rhythm.
Robert Jospe, drums; Jeff Decker, tenor sax; Bob Hallahan, keyboards; Randall Pharr, bass.