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Mind Heart Fingers

by Trevor Gordon Hall

Bright, uplifting, and engaging acoustic music. This album was recorded during the summer of 2014 by Grammy Winning Producer Will Ackerman at Imaginary Roads Studios in Brattleboro VT .
Genre: Folk: Fingerstyle
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1. Intro
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2. Morning Sidewalk 3.0
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3. The Blue Hour
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4. The Meeting At the Window
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5. Almost Spring
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6. The Shining Barrier
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7. My Dearest
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8. Surviving Ordinary Days
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9. The Discipline of Curiosity
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10. Midnight and Raining
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11. Turning Ruts Into Grooves
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12. Short Story
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Rated as one of the top 30 guitarists in the world under 30 years of age by Acoustic Guitar magazine, comes an instrumentalist from Philadelphia whose compositions range in style from edgy driving rhythms to soft melodic phrases. Trevor Gordon Hall sets himself apart by leaving no physical aspect of the guitar untouched and weaving together different textures into grand yet intimate and lyrical compositions. His blend of each sound doesn’t overcomplicate but focuses on utilizing the instrument’s fullest creative and compositional potential. Trevor draws on his education in Philosophy and Theology in his dedication to expressing ideas and inspirations through music, and his focus on composition guides listeners through an igniting experience of music that isn’t just heard but felt.

In recent years, Trevor caught the eye of 9 time Grammy award winning producer Joe Nicolo (James Taylor, Billy Joel, Bob Dylan, etc.), who produced two of Trevor’s releases, Finding My Way and Let Your Heart Be Light, in 2008 and 2009. These releases garnered high reviews and gave Trevor such opportunities as recording with bass virtuoso Michael Manring and sharing the stage with artists such as Pat Martino, Phil Keaggy, Don Ross, Andy McKee, The California Guitar Trio, Billy Cobham and many more.

In 2010, inspired by his studies and always on the hunt for new sounds to utilize, Trevor collaborated with various builders to redesign an instrument called the kalimba (African finger piano). He designed a version that sits flat on the top of the guitar and spans 2 octaves of the piano. The instrument combination, which Trevor calls the “Kalimbatar”, is opening up new possibilities for solo instrumental music. Compositions inspired by the pairing of the two instruments were first introduced in previous releases but fully realized in Trevor’s Candyrat Records debut Entelechy. Upon its release in 2011, this album climbed the iTunes Singer/Songwriter charts, as well as YouTube Top Commented/Top Favorited/Most Discussed categories with the release of videos.

In preparation for his latest album, Trevor redesigned and fine-tuned the Kalimba/Guitar combination with the help of master luthier Sheldon Schwartz. Trevor recorded with his new instrument at Imaginary Road Studios in Windham County, VT, during the summer of 2014. This was a unique experience as Trevor got the opportunity to record with Grammy winning producer Will Ackerman (founder of Windham Hill Records) and engineer/production master Tom Eaton. What made this special was that Will, and other artists he produced such as Michael Hedges and George Winston, was among Trevor’s earliest inspirations and had a role in not only elevating the acoustic guitar scene to what it is today, but also igniting Trevor at a young age to play and compose. Trevor’s new album Mind Heart Fingers is the result a unique experience created between Will, Tom and Trevor, to capture a heart-felt recording honoring the guitar tradition which Windham Hill helped to found, while looking forward to what is next for the guitar scene.

Trevor’s music is continuing to win the hearts of fans and major industry professionals ranging from Graham Nash (Crosby, Stills and Nash) to Steve Hackett (Genesis) to Will Ackerman (founder of Windham Hill Records) and many more. Trevor has been featured on various national radio stations including NPR, television networks including NBC and magazines including Acoustic Guitar Magazine. In addition to recording, Trevor performs regularly throughout the USA, Canada, and Europe.






Reviews:

“…In the genre of intriguing guitar players Trevor really stands out. His music is both soothing and challenging...”
– Graham Nash - Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and well known member of the group Crosby, Stills, and Nash.

“...Creative imagination resides, as well as flourishes within certain artists, and it certainly does so in Trevor Gordon Hall. Ingenuity is something that always causes surprise, and this gentleman’s abilities are totally exceptional...”
– Pat Martino - Legendary Jazz Guitarist

“…Trevor is very skilled...his compositions are beautiful, atmospheric, open and heartfelt...I admire him very much…”
– Tommy Emmanuel, Award Winning guitar virtuoso

“...Trevor is one of the few post-Michael Hedges guitarists who has managed to incorporate that vast repository of innovation while having an artistic voice strong enough to steadfastly avoid imitation…a guitarist we will need to pay attention to…”
– Will Ackerman, Grammy winning founder of the influential new age label Windham Hill Records.

"…Trevor is not only a fascinating guitarist, but a great composer as well as a musical inventor. I delighted in all the harmonic beauty and rhythms! The kalimba is a wonderful addition...this young man is extremely dedicated to his music and a great steward of the God blessed talent given to him..."
– Phil Keaggy, Award Winning Guitarist and Songwriter

“…Trevor Gordon Hall has created one of the most lyrical and beautifully-recorded albums of solo guitar music I've heard in many years. Trevor has a timeless sense of melody, and he creates some of the richest sonic textures you're likely to hear from any contemporary composer/guitarist...”
– Don Ross, Award Winning Pioneer of the Acoustic Guitar

“…Trevor takes acoustic solo guitar playing to a new level…his new album Mind Heart Fingers right…Wow! Beautiful. Astonishing. Inspiring. The original compositions and arrangements are stunning. I enjoy the brilliant uniqueness of the Kalimbatar pieces…”
– Paul Richards, Guitarist from the California Guitar Trio

"...Trevor is a virtuoso. I've never seen a guitarist/composer this good at his age. He may not sell a million records (the Christmas album might), but he'll win a Grammy and do great numbers for his niche. I truly believe Trevor's career will go on to prove him one of the greatest guitarist/composers of all time..."
– Joe Nicolo, Grammy Winning Producer (James Taylor, Billy Joel, Bob Dylan, etc.)

"...I'm really impressed with the Trevor Gordon Hall music. Besides being beautifully recorded, the compositions and performances are stellar. Trevor's sense of melody is exceptional, and his ability to pull the melody out of a very complex acoustic guitar arrangement requires a powerful technique that few musicians can exhibit these days. This is performed music -not cut up and pasted together- and it is driving, tender and powerful all at once, and points to a great future for Trevor..."
– David Kahne, Grammy Winning producer (Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Tony Bennett, etc.)


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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Mind Heart Fingers" is the fifth release from guitarist/composer Trevor Gordon Hall, but it is a first for me. Will Ackerman and Tom Eaton co-produced the album (with Hall), which was recorded at Ackerman’s Imaginary Roads Studios by Eaton, who also edited, mixed and mastered the music. Acoustic Guitar Magazine has rated Hall as one of the top 30 guitarists under the age of 30 in the world and it doesn’t take much listening time to understand why. Hall has also developed a new instrument called the Kalimbatar which features a modified kalimba (an African finger piano with a two-octave range) attached to the front of the guitar, expanding the capability of both instruments in entirely different directions. Add to that the many percussive effects Hall employs on the body of the guitar as he plays, and we have an amazing one-man band! It is fascinating to watch some of Hall’s videos when he plays the Kalimbatar because he is able to play the small keyboard and the guitar at the same time without having to strum or pluck the strings. Pretty amazing stuff - AND the quality of the music is stellar, ranging from quiet ballads to more energetic and uptempo pieces. One of the joys of reviewing music is discovering artists that I might never have found otherwise and this has certainly been one of those experiences!

"Mind Heart Fingers" begins with a quiet 27-second “Intro” played on the Kalimbatar as a prelude to the more upbeat “Morning Sidewalk 3.0.” Performed at an easy-going walking tempo with percussive rhythms played on the body of the guitar, the piece exudes optimism at the promise of a new day and uses the Kalimbatar to great effect! “The Blue Hour” is gently hypnotic and clearly demonstrates Hall’s mastery of his instrument. “The Meeting At the Window” is tenderly expressive and full of emotion, as is “Almost Spring” - both favorites. “The Discipline of Curiosity” is as intriguing as its title. It begins and ends with solo guitar, but is played mostly on the kalimba, creating a magical sound palette. The two-minute piece segues into “Midnight and Raining,” a gorgeous masterpiece for the Kalimbatar that captures the mood of a peaceful, rainy night. “Turning Ruts Into Grooves” cranks up the energy level with some very impressive finger work and driving rhythms. The quiet and lyrical “Short Story” closes the album with a gentle sigh and will have you looking for the “replay” button!

If you are new to the music of Trevor Gordon Hall, as I was, "Mind Heart Fingers" is a wonderful place to start! Highly recommended!
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Raj Manoharan (www.rajmanreviews.blogspot.com)

The RajMan Review
The latest album from Philadelphia acoustic guitarist Trevor Gordon Hall is marketed as new age, folk, and country, but it is far more than that.

Before we get to the music, let's get to the man and his craft. Hall is no ordinary guitarist. He plays a unique, custom-designed instrument called a kalimbatar, a cross between a guitar and an African finger piano known as a kalimba, which is affixed to the top of his guitar.

This unusual assemblage allows Hall not only to generate acoustic guitar tones, but bell-like timbres as well, giving off the effect of a duo without the need for overdubs or two actual musicians.

The kalimbatar is perfectly suited to new age, folk, and county, but Hall does much more with the instrument. The technology, as impressive as it is in itself, never distracts from the striking beauty of Hall's original compositions.

And unlike a lot of new age folk in particular, Hall relies much less on repetitive patterns and locked rhythms than he does expansive, thoughtful chord structures and incisive lead phrasing. In fact, many of the tunes come across delightfully as acoustic jazz.

This is a fine guitar album worthy of attention.
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Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
Trevor Gordon Hall plays a unique instrument called a kalimbatar, which combines an African finger piano built onto the top of an acoustic guitar. When I first saw a picture of the kalimbatar, I wondered how anyone with only two hands could play both the guitar and finger piano parts of it at the same time. But he has developed an innovative technique where he taps out notes and melodies on the guitar fretboard with his left hand while simultaneously playing the kalimba with his right hand. On top of that, Trevor also adds a rhythmic element by slapping the body of the guitar percussively in time with the music.

The album opens with a short piece, appropriately entitled “Intro,” played on the kalimba. While it is only about a half a minute in length, this was a smart move, in that it acclimates the listener to the sound of the kalimba by itself, compared to how it is used later in a more intricate mix with the guitar sounds. “Intro” segues directly into track 2, “Morning Sidewalk 3.0,” which leaps in with both feet (or more appropriately, both hands) into the dynamic high-energy side of Trevor’s guitar playing, accented by the above-mentioned percussive effects.

A track entitled “The Blue Hour” reveals a different aspect of Trevor’s musical personality that is softer and more melodic. For some reason this song created an image in my mind of snowflakes gently falling - quite lovely. As I continued to listen, I found that most of the songs were in this mellower mood, with the high-velocity playing of the earlier-mentioned track being more the exception than the rule on the album. While the kalimba is very cool and novel in conjunction with the guitar, I appreciated that Trevor used it sparingly throughout the album rather than on every track. Although it is a distinctive addition when heard, the focus is definitely on his guitar work.

In addition to being greatly impressed with Trevor’s outstanding technique, I sincerely enjoyed every track on the album and appreciated the many facets of his musical spectrum. Mind Heart Fingers is not only unique, inventive, and technically stunning, but also creates a wonderful mood and provides a relaxed yet uplifting listening experience.

To read a full length version of this review, as well as others, please visit: www.michaeldiamondmusic.com
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