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Messin Around

Molly Johnson Audio CD
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Intimacy and warmth. March 19 2007
Format:Audio CD
"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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Molly does it again Dec 20 2006
Format:Audio CD
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly Sublime April 4 2008
Format:Audio CD
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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