On the current (2013) album by Harry Payuta, Germany's most famous sitar player, he expands his sound palette and works as multi-instrumentalist. in addition of the Sitar he also plays bass, guitar, drums, percussion, and keyboard parts. The drums he plays are probably virtual origin, what gives the music always an interesting electronic note.
In particular the ideas of melodic guitar instrumentals on »Between a Rock and Hard Place« I feel often reminded of the solo albums by Steve Howe. Unlike Howe Payuta devotes sufficient attention to the arrangements of the rhythms and other sounds. Furthermore Payuta shows a great devotion for World Fusion Music ... and a bass style a la Tony Levin.
Payuta has invited for the recordings some musicians from Salvador and Germany. So there is no danger, that the album sounds like a hermetic production of a lone inventor.
Payuta also sings on six tracks. ''Moonstruck'', the first track with vocals sounds to me like a previously unknown side of George Harrison: World Music Sounds combined with modern arrangements.
The final "Final Stroke" takes the listener for a change in the areas that were perhaps previously outlined on the second disc of Summers & Fripp. There, it was a bit immature, as it succeeded Payuta here.
A note on the cover ''Indian sitar music is not to be expected here'' is indicative of the very own way of Harry Payuta. Because he plays everything on the famous Indian instrument, but just not what you would expect foremost from the instrument.
Payuta seems rather to be a guitarist who - when he is not playing sitar - rather play melody lines, such as to put his speed to the test. If Payuta should be a guitar virtuoso, he fortunately does not show it.
All in all, ''Between a Rock and Hard Place'' has become an novel and interesting disc between progfusion, mainstream and world music.