Molly Johnson – Another Day

Molly Johnson
Another Day
(Narada – 2003)
by Carmen Miller

Soulful, sassy and powerful this sister is a strong addition to the current field of jazz divas. No newcomer to the music biz, this formally trained Canadian import paid her dues playing in and then forming her own art/rock band. Eventually developing into one of the country’s best jazz vocalists her style is established and this, her second solo album, showcases it. Her songwriting skills are apparent from the opening title track Another Day; she has just enough grit mixed in to give her music the vivacious, sumptuous feel of the classic jazz songstresses of the 50’s. I particularly like her cover of Gershwin’s classic Summertime, breaking it down with flair and style as the minimalist accompaniment adds to her sultry interpretation (particularly Mike Downes on bass.) Ooh Child/Redemption Song is a pretty duet with pianist Andrew Craig and is imbued with a Jamaican flavor that’s both unmistakable and irresistible, and also features some sweet sax work by Colleen Allen. Sleep In Late and Miss Celie’s Blues are straight out of the Billie Holiday era, showing another aspect of Molly’s interpretive skills. I’m looking forward to seeing more of this northern light.