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4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Nov. 21 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000JMK62Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,198 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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The Canadian jazz singer/songwriter's third solo CD was recorded in fourteen days with a core band of her long standing collaborators: drummer Mark McLean, bassist Mike Downes, flautist and saxophonist Colleen Allen, guitarist Rob Pilch and pianist Andrew Craig. The tracks were all recorded live in the studio.


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"People come and people go and things change," sings Molly Johnson.

She's as good as her words.

The Toronto singer-songwriter reinvented herself as a jazz vocalist a few years back.

And her third solo release proves it was a change for the better.

This dozen-track set captures the Billie Holidayish vocalist in a fittingly playful and wonderfully elastic mood, mixing it up with a tight little combo accented with horns.

Molly does exactly as her album title, "Messin' Around", suggests--she messes around with her genre. It is important to note, however, that messing around is very different from messing up, and the melodic liberties she has taken are not mistakes.

With a voice similar to Billie Holiday, this Canadian blues/jazz extraordinaire takes her audience back to an era when music was a little simpler, bands played from the soul and vocalists sang--actually sang. Johnson delivers her vocals with an intimacy and freeness that establishes her as an artist who sings solely for herself, not for fame, fortune or narcissism.

A veteran of her field, her lyrics also reflect a maturity gained only through time and experience. Delivered in a light-hearted and unpretentious tone, Johnson's insights leave her listeners pondering the finer things in life.

Johnson has laugh lines, crooked teeth and frizzy hair, but the self-confidence she exudes in her album photo and in her delivery blow any of the airbrushed competition away.

The album is brilliant because of the sheer simplicity of it--no synthesizers, no orgasmic moans and no Mariah trills.

By leaving her songs almost stark naked, Johnson exposes more of herself than any costume Christina Aguilera has ever worn.

Despite the deceiving bubblegum pink cover, Molly Johnson is no bubblegum pop star; she's a solid musical force not to be messed around with.
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I'm telling you, this woman is the best female jazz vocalist making music today. I would put her among the best ever, living or dead. Every track is flawless. My only complaint is that her releases are so far between.

You will not be disappointed with this CD.
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I am somewhat embarrassed to admit (as a jazz fan) that I had not heard of Molly Johnson up until she played a benefit concert nearby but luckily, some friends had and assured me it was not to be missed. What a treat! It was a small, intimate venue but packed and Ms. Johnson had us all wrapped around her little finger from her first note. On top of having a great voice, she was the soul of warmth, wit and casual elegance. And you get it all served up just the same on this CD. She doesn't have a pretentious bone in her body but wow, her talent and mastery with a song is evident.

I would have loved the music anyway but on top of that, her generosity won me over as well. She not only donated all the proceeds from the ticket sales to this fund-raiser, she also donated the proceeds from the CD sales. This is one classy woman.
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very happy ,will buy from again
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HASH(0x9be16990) out of 5 stars What a voice! Dec 9 2007
By J. L. Bertram - Published on Amazon.com
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I have only recently (this year to be precise!) discovered Molly Johnson and what a pleasant surprise it's been! I'm loving her voice, her style and her fresh interpretation of some well-known songs - and some new ones for me. She's like a breath of fresh air. Her style is quirky and unusual in some songs and very expressive and beautiful in others. I bought this album and enjoyed it so much that I've bought two others, MOLLY and Another Day, both great albums. Molly Johnson's style may not be everyone's cup of tea, especially jazz purists, but she has a unique style and voice and that is not easy to find when there are so many mediocre artists out there.
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HASH(0x9be16dbc) out of 5 stars A Revelation of Smooth Cool Fire June 6 2010
By Eddie Artist - Published on Amazon.com
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I had not heard of Molly Johnson until recently, through an iTunes blurb. I previewed it, and the sweet, soul of Molly transported to a calm place; just modern enough for today and traditional enough for jazz purists - she is a beautiful hybrid of modern sound. As if the legendary songstress Carol King merged with legendary Billie Holiday in a musical fantasy. I bought it right away, and played my favorite tracks: Messin' Around, Rain, and Sunday to and from work to counteract the stress of big city commuter traffic.

Molly Johnson's music takes you to a jazzy parallel universe, and is a perfectly cool antidote to the rude, crude, synthesized musical madness, which sometimes surrounds us today.
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HASH(0x9be16fe4) out of 5 stars Soulful sweet Molly! July 15 2014
By Patti Randle - Published on Amazon.com
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Molly Johnson hits a homerun with every song on this album. I "discovered" her in Paris, where she has so many fans, and listening to her puts me right back on the streets of the Marais. Sweet soulful music!
HASH(0x9be16edc) out of 5 stars Amazing Vocalist June 3 2014
By Daniel Piacentino - Published on Amazon.com
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Great backup; wonderful interpretations. My new favorite jazz singer. Sultry and sophisticated while retaining a touch of innocence. Great selection taste.
HASH(0x9bc6c0f0) out of 5 stars Great CD June 10 2013
By baldtophermanie - Published on Amazon.com
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Love Molly Johnson. This is vintage Molly Johnson.I would definitely recommend it to another friend. She is just the greatest!


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