April Hall’s latest jazz album, Room for Two, is a bold and intimate exploration of the art of the duo. Every aspect of it is a duet; the way it was recorded, the improvised album art, the poetry written for each track, and the songs themselves. Room for Two is a homage to the days of vinyl, when albums themselves were works of art. The unique pairings of one voice with one instrument exposes a rich landscape of normally hidden musical subtlety, revealing every detail of the actual performance. Every duo is different, from the playful call and response with Marty Ballou on “Honeysuckle Rose” to the deeply honest conversation of “To Whom It May Concern” with Tim Ray; from the swinging rhythms of “Amazing Love” with Gray Sargent to the soulful mingling of melodies with Tom Hall on “Gee Baby, Ain’t I Good to You”; but what always stays the same is Hall’s masterful interpretation and stunning vocal performance.