Sessions From the Flats is a full-length release from the Brooklyn, New York, quintet Ghosts of the Canal. As written in the CD's liner notes, the four tracks on this 1999 release are "an exploration in free form improv" and were "recorded live to DAT without any pre-existing rehearsal or writing sessions." This improvisatory and spontaneous bent gives their songs an open and airy quality that projects a sound that sways gently between a relaxed ambience and an uneasy tranquility. The songs are reminiscent of Trial and the Bow, Couch, Robert Becker and Tribes of Neurat. From the sound of Sessions From the Flats, Ghosts of the Canal may be heavily influenced by the ground breaking experimental jazz-rock forays on Miles Davis' Bitches Brew. The Ghosts' instrumentation on this album includes drumset, percussion, bass, keys, and guitar. The bassist's fondness for very low frequencies, the percussionist's sparse conga lines, and the drummer's predilection for tom oriented grooves provide a comfortable foundation for higher pitched soundings by the keyboard player and guitarist.
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AllMusic Review by John Vallier