Trevor Gordon Hall defines the term virtuoso new. His instrument is the unique combination of an acoustic guitar with a Kalimba. He calls this instrument a "Kalimbatar". Stylistically he sorts himself in the genres folk finger style, new age and folk jazz.

One can compare him with artists such as Tommy Emmanuel, Adam Palma, Bryan Lubeck or William Ackerman. At the risk of making a lame comparison and each comparison becomes lame, if you take it too far. Just listen to his album at CDBaby to get an impression.

Mind Heart Fingers (2014) is a solo guitar album. All songs are composed, arranged and performed by Trevor. The album was produced by Will Ackerman, Tom Eaton and Trevor Gordon Hall.

After a colorful Kalimba Intro Trevor starts with the romantic ballad Morning Sidewalk 3.0 performing on Kalimba and acoustic guitar, where he uses the guitar both as a stringed as well as a percussion instrument.

The blue hour is the period of twilight each morning and evening when the sun is a significant distance below the horizon and the residual, indirect sunlight takes on a predominantly blue hue. With his song The Blue Hour Trevor captures the atmosphere of this time in delicate tones running into each other building harmonies. On The Meeting At the Window he lets the audience much time to recover impressions from the sounds.

In Almost Spring vibrates much melancholy. Tone is built on tone. The Shining Barrier is similar in structure to the other pieces, because the preferred complex structures are like an impressionist picture gaining meaningfulness only by the overall impression. Even with his further songs like My Dearest or Surviving Ordinary Days he plays as if he has all the time in the world. Very introverted.

His work of Kalimba is extremely elaborate in the complex instrumental passage on The Discipline of Curiosity or Midnight and Raining. Turning Ruts Into Grooves starts with a dynamic groove that evaporates in the course and meanders. Short Story also contains more mood than melody.

Trevor Gordon Hall has with his mastery of Kalimbatar certainly a unique claim. However, this form of finger style is very elitist to inspire the masses.






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Album Information

Title: Mind Heart Fingers
Artist: Trevor Gordon Hall
Year: 2014
Length: 0:44:10
Genre: General Folk
Label: CDBaby

01 Intro [0:27]
02 Morning Sidewalk 3.0 [4:37]
03 The Blue Hour [4:14]
04 The Meeting At the Window [4:42]
05 Almost Spring [4:53]
06 The Shining Barrier [4:11]
07 My Dearest [2:38]
08 Surviving Ordinary Days [4:44]
09 The Discipline of Curiosity [1:56]
10 Midnight and Raining [3:56]
11 Turning Ruts Into Grooves [3:40]
12 Short Story [4:13]