A little branch of musicology insists in a primary connection between your music of Grand Funk Railroad and New Orleans jazz, an idea that if true would definitely tarnish the trustworthiness of the Crescent Town a whole lot worse than Hurricane Katrina. Jazz bassist Terry Knight, nevertheless, isn’t the same one who produced these hard rock-band following his very own career being a rock and roll bandleader. The bass Knight of New Orleans is a steady person in some remarkable rhythm areas. He plays solidly and completely in the way of pace-setting traditional figures such as for example bassist Pops Foster, signifying he playeth not really a single extra be aware, there is absolutely no popping using the thumb, and he doesn’t obtain greater than the trumpeter, at least not really with regards to pitches plucked. non-etheless, Knight’s performances contact on today’s aswell as days gone by. Certainly, the name of 1 of the groupings he’s in, the Crimson Light Trio, is truly a reference to the tiny reddish colored light on Knight’s bass amplifier. To numerous traditionalists, using such a tool is as incredible as the idea that a reddish colored light in New Orleans will be mentioned regarding the anything besides a residence of sick repute. In cases like this there might just be one in the end, considering the relatively insulting explanation of bassists as “gig whores.” Put even more politely, Knight’s sideman activity also contains working with market leaders such as for example George Lewis and Sarah Bissonette, and in Colin Kingwell’s Jazz Bandits.