The GiftChicago Pete
& The Detroiters
|Chicago Pete, bass,guitar,vocals||Doug Hankerson,trombone|
|James Chaney,tenor saxophone||Wendell West,trumpet|
|Joe Hunter,piano||Alvin Clarington,baritone saxophone|
|Johnny Bassett,guitar||Claude Ervin,drums|
Living Blues magazine said it best: If Chicago can have a pianist named Detroit Junior, then is fitting for Detroit to be the home of Chicago Pete. Originally from McLemoreville, Tennessee, Chacago Pete, whose real name is Al Harrell, is a cultiral blend of the gospel Golden Harmoneers and blues legends such as Lowell Fulson and LIttle Junior Parker. He is an accomplished vocalist, bass guitarist, writer, and arranger, and person.
Chicago Pete won a national competitions to sing and persorm the documentary musical sound track, " Detroit Is My Home" and was feautred in the film. He has been honored by the City of Detroit, Michigan State University, and many prestigious organizations afor helping keep the blues alive. In military service to America, Chicago Pete received a C.I.B., Four Season Star, Purple Heart, Unit Citation and sigmund Reed Citation.
The core of his band, The Detroiters, is composed of some of the world's great musicians. Longtime member James Chaney has played with Little Milton and Aretha Franklin. Joe Hunter, the original musical director for Berry Gordy, is considered by some to be "The Father of Motown Sound". Johnny Bassett's sterling performance on "Honky Tonk" speaks for itself.
The Gift, recorded in 1982 as a tribute to the respected legacy of great blues and jazz songwriters, captured one of Chicago Pete's legendary performances!