2015. “Shades of Brown” Los Cenzontles & Andre Thierry, featuring David Hidalgo. Pete Sears on Hammond B3 and Electric Piano.

For gen­er­a­tions, Zyde­co and Mex­i­can music have thrived side by side in Rich­mond, Cal­i­for­nia; home to Cre­oles from Louisiana and Chi­canos with deep roots in Cal­i­for­nia and Mex­i­co. Now, in “Shades of Brown”, Andre Thier­ry and Los Cen­zon­tles unite their ances­tral voic­es in cel­e­bra­tion. Joined by the music leg­end David Hidal­go, they cre­ate a joy­ful […]

2012. April. DVD release of Jorma Kaukonen’s 70th birthday. Pete Sears played piano on the second day. December 4th.

2012. April. DVD release of Jor­ma Kaukonen’s 70th birth­day. Pete Sears played piano on the sec­ond day. Decem­ber 4th. 2010. Decem­ber 3th-4th. “Jor­ma Kaukonen’s 70th Birth­day Cel­e­bra­tion” at the Bea­con The­atre, N.Y.C. Hot Tuna flew me out to New York City to join them as a guest on the sec­ond day of a two day […]

2004. Spencer Dryden Benefit at Slims: San Francisco: 5/22/04 Benefit organizer Pete Sears goes over the evenings schedule with master of ceremonies Wavy Gravy.

2004. Spencer Dry­den Ben­e­fit at Slims: San Fran­cis­co: 5/22/04 Ben­e­fit orga­niz­er Pete Sears goes over the evenings sched­ule with mas­ter of cer­e­monies Wavy Gravy. I put this ben­e­fit togeth­er to help Spencer who was hav­ing med­ical prob­lems as well as hav­ing had his house burned down. A spe­cial thanks to Dawn Hol­l­i­day and the staff […]

2002. “Reason To Believe”. The Complete Mercury Studio Recordings.

Pete Sears played piano on most tracks and some bass on all the albums except Rod’s first album…The Rod Stew­art Album. Ian McLa­gen played the Ham­mond B3 except for one track per Rod Stew­art solo album when Rod would bring in the “Faces” as a band…Mac (Ian) would play piano as well as B3 on […]

2002. John Lee Hooker. “That’s My Story”. DVD.

2002. John Lee Hook­er. “That’s My Sto­ry”. DVD. Aired on TV 2001. A doc­u­men­tary about John Lee Hooker’s life, which also fea­tures a con­cert I played with him at Stan­ford Uni­ver­si­ty. I was inter­viewed for the film at the show. From the DVD lin­er notes: A teenage run­away who nev­er went to school, John Lee […]

2002. John Lee Hooker. “That’s My Story”. DVD.

2002. John Lee Hook­er. “That’s My Sto­ry”. DVD. Aired on TV 2001. A doc­u­men­tary about John Lee Hooker’s life, which also fea­tures a con­cert I played with him at Stan­ford Uni­ver­si­ty. I was inter­viewed for the film at the show. From the DVD lin­er notes: A teenage run­away who nev­er went to school, John Lee […]

1999. Nick Gravenites and Animal Mind. “Kill My Brain”.

1999. Nick Graven­ites and Ani­mal Mind. “Kill My Brain”. I play piano and Ham­mond B3 on this album. Nick and I go way back. Nick sings and plays lead gui­tar, Doug Killmer plays bass, Roy Blu­men­feld drums, Sam­my Hager gui­tar and back­ground vocals on a cou­ple of tracks, Huey Lewis harp on a cou­ple of […]

1999. “The Best Of Grace Slick”.

1999. “The Best Of Grace Slick”. I wrote two of the songs with Grace on this com­pi­la­tion album. “Hyper­drive” and “Bet­ter Lying Down”. I wrote the music and Grace the lyrics. I also played on a few of the oth­er tracks on the CD. Grace had an amaz­ing stage pres­ence when we played togeth­er in […]

1997. Hot Tuna “Live in Japan” Relix Records.

1997. Hot Tuna “Live in Japan” Relix Records. We had a fun trip to Japan for this tour that includ­ed cities like, Tokyo, Yoko­hama, and Osa­ka. We record­ed this at a small club called Stove’s in Yoko­hama that was so packed with peo­ple we couldn’t get in the door, so we had to climb through […]

1983. “Planet Earth Rock and Roll Orchestra” Paul Kantner solo album.

1983. “Plan­et Earth Rock and Roll Orches­tra” Paul Kant­ner solo album. I wrote the music for “Liliths Song” with Grace…and I played piano on “The Plan­et Earth Rock and Roll Orches­tra”, “Lilith’s Song”, and “Sci­ence Fric­tion” Oth­er play­ers includ­ed. Jack Casady, Chi­na Kant­ner, Ron­nie Mon­trose, Scott Math­ews, Ayns­ley Dun­bar, John Blake­ley and Craig Chaquico. Record­ed […]

1975. “Red Octopus” Jefferson Starship. R.C.A. Records.

1975. Jef­fer­son Star­ship. Air­plane Man­sion. 2400 Ful­ton Street, San Fran­cis­co. This pho­to was one tak­en for the album’s back cov­er (we end­ed up using a slight­ly dif­fer­ent shot where I’m sit­ting in front nurs­ing a bot­tle of Dos Equis). It was tak­en by the great pho­tog­ra­ph­er Jim Mar­shall who per­son­al­ly gave me per­mis­sion to use […]

1974. “Dragonfly” Jefferson Starship” R.C.A. Records.

    The YouTube video above is of the sec­ond song Grace Slick and I wrote. It’s called “Hyper­drive” and Grace wrote the lyrics, and I wrote and arranged all the music. It came out on “Drag­on­fly”, the first offi­cial Jef­fer­son Star­ship album as a band. The first song Grace and I wrote was “Bet­ter […]

1973. Kathi McDonald “Insane Asylum”. Capitol Records.

  1973. Kathi McDon­ald “Insane Asy­lum”. I co-pro­­duced, arranged the music and played bass and keys on this album that was released on Cap­i­tal Records. David Brig­gs was Co-Pro­­duc­er, engi­neer and Exec­u­tive pro­duc­er along with his man­ag­er Art Lin­son. We had many won­der­ful play­ers on that album includ­ing Sly Stone, The Point­er Sis­ters, Neil Schon, […]

1973. Manhole. Grace Slick. Pete Sears piano on “Better Lying Down”, Bass on “Epic No. 38”.

  1973. “Man­hole” solo record by Grace Slick. Record­ed ear­ly in the year at Wal­ly Hei­der Stu­dios in San Fran­cis­co. I was down­stairs co-pro­­duc­ing “Insane Asy­lum” for Kathy McDon­ald when David Freiberg invit­ed me upstairs to meet with Grace and Paul. I record­ed a twelve bar blues piano impro­vi­sa­tion and Grace and I wrote “Bet­ter […]

1972–73…“Betty Davis”. (Funk) Just Sunshine Records.

1972…“Betty Davis” I record­ed acoustic piano as a guest on the “Bet­ty Davis” album…considered by many to be the sem­i­nal funk album of the time. I played on the track “Anti Love Song”. The album was pro­duced by Sly and the Fam­i­ly Stone drum­mer Greg Erri­co, and fea­tured Lar­ry Gra­ham on bass, Greg on drums, […]