One of Frank Kimbrough's strong points has been his flexibility. The acoustic pianist can play with the crystalline elegance of Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett, but he's also quite capable of taking it "outside" and acknowledging the avant-garde contributions of Cecil Taylor and Marilyn Crispell. Kimbrough generally favors "inside" post-bop playing on Lonely Woman, an impressive trio date featuring bassist Ben Wolfe and drummer Jeff Williams. This threesome played around New York's Greenwich Village regularly in the late 1980s, and their strong rapport was a definite advantage when they entered the studio in 1988 to record this album. Kimbrough is at his most poetic and Evans-minded on Jimmy Rowles' "The Peacocks" and Wolfe's melancholy "Lonely In London," but things become very angular and abstract on Herbie Nichols' "House Party Startin'" and Wolfe's "Pete And Repeat." Also quite impressive is Kimbrough's haunting, introspective take on Ornette Coleman's "Lonely Woman." This CD is clearly among the pianist's finest achievements.
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AllMusic Review by Alex Henderson