Saturday, March 7, 2009

Music Review: Ping Trace Traces

Ping Trace are an interesting band out of Denver, CO. The cover art struck me first, it looked as if the music would fall into the ambient, or trance category frankly. But as they say, don’t judge a book by it’s cover. Although Ping Trace have a very high gloss, electronic sheen to their music, it is very much a jazz recording. They have developed their own, unique style to be sure. Kind of an ambient jazz I guess you could say.

The five tracks on this EP are extremely tasty. I have always had a jones for Smooth Jazz, in a certain mood, it is perfect. So it’s great to hear a band updating this classic genre. “One More” has a sort of Sade “quiet storm” feel meeting Air for a cocktail or something. Upon first listen to “Illumination” I thought of some of the classic Al Jarreau arrangements of the early Eighties, minus his distinctive vocals of course. “Fall Away” reminded me a bit of Swing Out Sister’s less dance oriented sides.

All in all, a fine introduction to Ping Trace. They can be contacted at

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