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MOJO
July 2003

Debashish Bhattacharya and Bob Brozman: Mahima (4 stars out of 4)

By DAVID HUTCHEON



Have national guitar, will travel seems to be Bob Brozman's motto right now, as the New York-born slide king has been using up his air miles with abandon over the past few years. And worthy though his collaborations with musicians from Okinawa, the Indian Ocean and elsewhere are, it is going to take something special to top this. Bhattacharya, from Kolkata, plays the 24-string Hindustani guitar, modified in such a way that the sound resembles the sitar. No surprise, then, that he is a recent Shakti member. On the 11 tracks here, the singing and impressive percussion remind you that you are listening to some unique form of Indian classical music; but it is the guitars that suck you in. Complex, fiery and bewildering duels explode out of the ragas, notes bending every which way, half-Hendrix, half-Shankar. Truly groundbreaking.

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