Getting started rather simply, like a jazz-rock trio in 1982, (electric bass, baritone saxophone and flute), by enough time they released their album Terrapin, Joe Gallant & the Illuminati experienced grown to some 17-member big strap. Bringing in as much influences because they do users, the group centered on reinterpreting the music from the Thankful Dead with the idioms of jazz, bluegrass, fusion and funk. Almost simultaneously using the launch of Terrapin had been two Thankful Dead selections performed from the Illuminati released within the Relix label. Terrapin, nevertheless, was among the band’s most ambitious tasks, bringing together a bunch of guest music artists — there have been 73 musicians in every and celebrities like Expenses Walton, Pat Boone, Ike Willis, Jorma Kaukonen, Patricia Barber and Friend Cage all lent a hands. The result had not been usually recognizable as Grateful Deceased materials — the tunes have been stripped down and rebuilt by Gallant, however the nature from the recording continued to be that of the respectful tribute as well as the influence from the Dead often demonstrated through.