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by Jack Bowers
Even as experience is often the best teacher, so it is that the teacher often has the most useful experience. Bob Washut, who has been a teacher for roughly four decades, brings that experience and more to bear on Journey to Knowhere, preparing an ambrosial banquet for his twelve-member Dodectet whose main course consists of seven of Washut's engaging compositions. The inspiration behind the Journey, Washut writes, is the only song on the album that he didn't ...read more
by Dave Nathan
Bob Washut is a musical product of Northern Iowa University and has taken upon himself to gather together two close friends to do a piano trio CD. Of the eleven tunes, seven are Washut compositions. All the tunes are musical expressions of Washut's admiration for a specific individual. Some of them are well-known jazz musicians, like Lee Konitz and Rufus Reid. One is to his bassist, Mark Urness. (Mr. Urness, by the way, has performed with another native Iowan jazz ...read more