A Woman in Love

Barbara Lea

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A Woman in Love Review

by Jason Ankeny

Barbara Lea's Riverside debut boasts a stark simplicity absent from her subsequent Prestige sessions. Stocked with shopworn standards like "Love Is Here to Stay" and "Come Rain or Come Shine," A Woman in Love features minimalist sensibilities that nevertheless lend its music a distinctly modern edge. Paired with the Billy Taylor Trio and augmented by guitarist Jimmy Shirley and trumpeter Johnny Windhurst, Lea approaches the material with style and sophistication, quickly proving herself a fiercely intelligent interpreter of the Great American Songbook -- though familiar in concept and form, the album is startlingly fresh. [The SSJ label's CD reissue adds a pair of bonus cuts: "Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home" and "I'll Bet You a Kiss."]

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