Five clones of Rash Behari Datta playing sitar grace the snazzy cover of this fine album. Don’t believe me? Go ahead and count ’em yourself. I won’t be offended. If you think five is impressive, though, you better sit down, because Datta overdubbed himself 20 times playing various parts of each song on this recording, hence the title. That’s a whole rash of Rashes! Welcome to Overdub City, where Datta takes lush to a whole new level. Props must also be given to his impressive playing skills for pulling off such a challenging feat with floating colors. The program consists of Raga Malkouns, a popular night raga that was once recorded by Indian master singer Pandit Pran Nath. The four sections alternate back and forth between vigorous, longform finger workouts infused with sprightly melodic intricacy to sublimely meditative slow burners that you wish would never end. Any hour is the perfect time to sit down cross-legged on the floor, chomp on some Uttar Pradeshi cuisine and soak in the acoustic beauty of 20 Sitars.
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