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Like Glass

by Spider Saloff

Straight ahead jazz with a sensuos latin groove.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. You Better Watch Yourself With That One
4:38 $0.99
2. Street of Dreams
4:34 $0.99
3. Right As the Rain
3:43 $0.99
4. Like Glass
4:14 $0.99
5. Gravy Waltz
3:37 $0.99
6. The Turn Around (smada)
4:31 $0.99
7. I'll Never Be the Same
3:45 $0.99
8. Satan's L'il Lamb
4:34 $0.99
9. Nature Boy
4:14 $0.99
10. Detour Ahead
5:00 $0.99
11. Deep in a Dream
3:40 $0.99
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Album Notes

"One of the finest jazz singers working in this or any other city," The Chicago Tribune stated emphatically.
"A wicked way with a lyric!" exclaimed The New York Times.

Heard world wide as the co-star and co-creator of the internationally syndicated Public Radio series Words and Music , Spider Saloff has received critical acclaim nationally and internationally. Most recently, Saloff received the honor of performing the American Premiere of a newly discovered song by the great Billy Strayhorn, "So This Is Love". And as one of the rare officially sanctioned acts of the Gershwin Centennial, her concert, Spider Saloff Sings Gershwin, toured the U.S. and headlined the St. Petersburg Gershwin Festival in Russia.

Ms. Saloff has played such renowned jazz and night club venues as New York's Joe's Pub, Birdland ,The Russian Tea Room, Michael's Pub, and The Algonquin, as well as San Francisco's Jazz at Pearl's, and Plush Room and Seattle's Triple Door. And Chicago's famed Gold Star Sardine Bar, The Green Mill, and the Fairmont Hotel.

Other leading venues include symphony orchestra and concert spaces such as; The Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, Wilmington Grand Opera, Wallingford Symphony, The Castro Theater is San Francisco, and Town Hall and Dick Hyman's Jazz in July in New York.

Spider Saloff has recorded and performed with such jazz luminaries as Tom Harrell, Nick Brignola, Ray Drummond, Harry Allen, Mark Murphy and Dick Hyman. She has worked frequently with Larry Novak, Tony Monte, Steve LaSpina, Ken Peplowski and Bill Charlap.

A five-time winner of the prestigious MAC Award, including one for Best Female Jazz Vocalist, presented by the Manhattan Association of Cabarets, she also received a special citation for her musical contributions from NARAS (presenter of the Grammy Awards).

Spider Saloff has five CDs released nationally on Kopaesthetics Records: 1938, Sextet, The Memory of All That, and A New Set of Standards. Her last release was a Christmas CD entitled Cool Yule which was a finalist for the Indie Awards. Her brand new CD this year is Like Glass.

Television and radio credits include: The Bonnie Hunt Show (CBS), The Steve Baskerville Show (CBS), Centerstage (PBS), Artbeat (PBS), Words & Music (syndicated series, 57 episodes), a one-hour feature on the Noteworthy Women series (Public Radio), and Studs Terkel (WFMT).

Contact: Bob Drake, 773-281-1948, bobdrake@rcn.com

The critics rave about

"A thrilling singer! This is a voice you can dig, 'cause I dig it too."
-Lionel Hampton

"Rarely have I heard so many musical ideas from one set of pipes with the talent and self assurance to carry them off. Her jazz phrasing is flawless."
-Back Stage

"A wicked way with a lyric and a glint of well-controlled mischief."
-The New York Times

"Slyly sophisticated, easily accessible, Saloff stands as a kind of ideal."
-Chicago Tribune

"Saloff's frenzied scat-singing trip brought the audience to its knees."
-Star Ledger

"Right-on intonation and a personal style which can sell a ballad or tantalize with half a chorus of scatting."
-Dick Hyman

"Her voice takes on a lovely Billy Holiday-like quality. Saloff will win you over completely."
-New York Post

"It's apparent she's a performer of depth...she demonstrated her impressive jazz skills [with] a sudden outpouring of high notes."
-Chicago Sun-Times

"Saloff's flexible pop soprano pipes are tops."

"Full of life and vitality."
-Studs Terkel

" She is dynamic, a powerhouse of passion!"
-San Francisco Examiner

"Whether scatting impressively or breaking hearts with her stirring performance, her agile voice and winning stage presence kept the audience totally enthralled."
-Asbury Park Press

"Ms. Saloff is a gifted and polished song stylist. A most enjoyable musical outing!"
-Rex Reed

The elegant style and vocal delivery of Chicago vocalist Spider Saloff secure her place in the tradition of great female jazz singers.

-WTTW Channel 11, (PBS) Network Chicago

additional quotes

" the Lady Spider' will reel you in immediately! There isn't a venue she can't make her own, from the biggest auditorium to the most intimate nightclub. She's blessed with perfect pitch, exquisite phasing, and she's a marvelous actress. I've known her for years and she's a warm, witty and unforgettable person. I love and admire her both as a performer and as a woman. She can SING and she can COOK TOO!"

-Julie Wilson



to write a review

Mary Ellen Skuse

This is a very unique CD with a great collection of music that includes Spider's (long overdue) composition. The instrumentation is unlike any I have come across before, using guitar, bass, violin and percussion. This gives the music a much more intimate and uncluttered sound. The most profound benefit I found is the ability to enjoy Geraldo's percussion which is usually found in a much larger group of musicians, fighting to be heard above the din. The arrangements are lush and the playing is brilliant. I only wish some of Kelly Sill's solos were longer. If you want to hear Spider at the peak of her storytelling ability, buy this CD.

Roger G Staedtke

Her best yet, awesome!
Spider's original lyrics envelope you like a young lover's arms. Her songs surprise, evoke compassion and will make you admire her lyrical artistry. Don't miss this CD.

Chris Morano, San Francisco

"Like Glass" is anything BUT transparent
As Spider’s former Manager for 5 years and a personal friend for 10, I was at the very inception of this album; hell, I helped write the original lead sheet for the title track! Suffice it to say, the depth, breadth and scope of the tracks on this album are simply monumental. From the impossibly catchy “You Better Watch Yourself With That One” (penned by Saloff) to the sublime “Like Glass” (another Saloff piece of brilliance), the album ranges from obscurities (Saloff’s DIVINE, penultimate version of “Satan’s L’il Lamb”; the Steve Allen gem “Gravy Waltz”; Saloff’s brilliant treatment of “Detour Ahead”) to classics with a twist (the Latin-tinged “Nature Boy”; the heart-breaking “Deep In a Dream”). Her three über-talented sidemen, most notably the unbelievable jazz violinist Zach Brock, completely add to the pure genius of this entire project. The result is absolute artistry; an audio confection of the highest caliber; a truly inspired album from the very soul of the marvelous Spider Saloff. If I could give it more than 5 stars I would indeed.

Bill Stone

Run, Don't Walk, & Definitely Buy This - - A Jazz/Cabaret Vocal Must
Finding LIKE GLASS on CDBaby.com, I listened to a couple samples and jumped to the "Buy It Now" symbol. It arrived yesterday and is getting repeated plays in my office and home. Spider's voice is dynamic and creamy, with a great style and feel that fits perfectly with the splendid, imaginative arrangements of a "break with tradition" back-up group that delivers beautiful rhythmic support, while integrating seamlessly with her splendid "first class" vocal interpretations. While I love all the cuts with a terrific variety of tunes, I am in rapture with Spider's rendition of Arlen's "Right As The Rain". I used to think the only singer that could sing this song like no one else was Maureen McGovern. But congratulations, Spider's recording of this beautiful song is superb with great interpretive feeling. It gives McGovern's a "run for the money". The arrangement on this one is refreshing and keeps the vocal line from dragging. Overall, what a great addition to the Spider Saloff library. She absolutely gets better every time she records. "Like Glass" is an absolute "must" for any collector of jazz and cabaret vocalists. I strongly urge music lovers to run, not walk, to grab a "definite keeper" on their CD "must" playlist. Bravo for an awesome recording. This achievement deserves nothing less than an "Absolutely Recommended" rating!