Abraham Laboriel

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Abraham Laboriel, Sr.
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Background information
Born (1947-07-17) July 17, 1947 (age 67)
Origin Mexico City, Mexico
Occupation(s) Bass guitarist, session musician
Instruments Bass guitar

Abraham Laboriel, Sr. (born July 17, 1947) is a Mexican bassist who has played on over 4,000 recordings and soundtracks.[1] Guitar Player Magazine described him as "the most widely used session bassist of our time".[2][3] Laboriel is the father of drummer Abe Laboriel Jr. and of producer, songwriter, and film composer Mateo Laboriel.

Laboriel was born in Mexico City. Originally a classically trained guitarist, he switched to bass guitar while studying at the Berklee School of Music. Henry Mancini encouraged Laboriel to move to Los Angeles, California and pursue a recording career.[4]

Laboriel has worked with artists of countless music genres including the following:

Al Jarreau, George Benson, Alan Silvestri, Alvaro Lopez and Res-Q Band, Alvin Slaughter, Don Felder, Andraé Crouch, Andy Pratt, Andy Summers, Barbra Streisand, Billy Cobham, Carlos Skinfill, Chris Isaak, Christopher Cross, Crystal Lewis, Dave Grusin, Djavan, Dolly Parton, Don Moen, Donald Fagen, Elton John, Engelbert Humperdinck, Freddie Hubbard, Hanson, Herb Alpert, Herbie Hancock, Johnny Hallyday, Keith Green, Kelly Willard, Lalo Schifrin, Larry Carlton, Lee Ritenour, Leo Sayer, Lisa Loeb, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Paul Jackson Jr., Paul Simon, Quincy Jones, Ray Charles, Ron Kenoly, Russ Taff, Stevie Wonder, and Umberto Tozzi.

When Laboriel recorded his three solo albums ‒ Dear Friends, Guidum, and Justo & Abraham, he recruited a cast of musicians that included Alex Acuña, Al Jarreau, Jim Keltner, Phillip Bailey, Ron Kenoly, and others. His son Abe Laboriel Jr. performed drums.

Laboriel was a founding member of the bands, Friendship and Koinonia. He plays live regularly with Greg Mathieson, drummer Bill Maxwell, and Justo Almario. Laboriel is now in the band Open Hands with Justo Almario, Greg Mathieson, and Bill Maxwell.

In 2005, Abraham was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music by the Berklee College of Music.[5]

Discography[edit]

Solo albums[edit]

  • 1993: Abraham Laboriel (Dear Friends)
  • 1994: Abraham Laboriel (Guidum)
  • 1994: Justo Almario and Abraham Laboriel (Justo & Abraham)
  • 2005: Abe Laboriel & Friends (Live in Switzerland)
  • 2006: Tata Vega, Justo Almario, and Abe Laboriel (Aclamare Tu Gracia)
  • 2011: Reyes y Sacerdotes (Cumbia y Vallenato)

Group albums[edit]

  • 1982: Koinonia (More than a Feelin')
  • 1984: Koinonia (Celebration)
  • 1986: Koinonia (Frontline)
  • 1989: Koinonia (Koinonia)
  • 2009: Open Hands (Open Hands)

Session work[edit]

  • 1973: Gary BurtonThe New Quartet (ECM)
  • 1976: Henry ManciniThe Cop Show Themes (RCA)
  • 1977: Al JarreauLook to the Rainbow (Warner Bros.)
  • 1978: Keith GreenNo Compromise
  • 1978: Lalo SchifrinGypsies (Tabu)
  • 1978: Lee RitenourThe Captain's Journey (Elektra)
  • 1978: Kelly WillardBlame It On The One I Love (Maranatha Music)
  • 1978: Second Chapter of Acts ‒ Mansion Builder (Sparrow Records)
  • 1979: Paul Clark - Aim For the Heart (Myrhh Records)
  • 1979: Herb Alpert - Rise (A&M Records, Inc.)
  • 1980: Dolly Parton9 to 5 and Odd Jobs (RCA)
  • 1980: George Benson - Give me the Night (Warner Brothers)
  • 1980: Al Jarreau - This Time (Warner Brothers)
  • 1981: Al Jarreau ‒ Breakin' Away (Warner Bros.)
  • 1981: Andrae' Crouch - Don't Give Up (Warner Brothers)
  • 1981: Manhattan Transfer - Mecca for Moderns (Atlantic Records)
  • 1982: Dave GrusinTootsie (Warner Bros.)
  • 1982: Herbie HancockLite Me Up (CBS)
  • 1985: DeBarge ‒ Rhythm of the Night (Gordy)
  • 1987: Phil DriscollMake Us One (Compose Records)
  • 1987: Dave GrusinCinemagic (GRP)
  • 1987: David BenoitFreedom at Mighnight (GRP)
  • 1987: Justo Almario - Plumbline (Meadowlark/Sparrow)
  • 1988: George Benson - Twice the Love (Warner Bros.)
  • 1989: Greg Mathieson ‒ For My Friends
  • 1990: Dave Grusin / GRP All-Stars ‒ GRP Live in Session (GRP)
  • 1990: Twila Paris - "Cry for the Desert" (EMI CMG)
  • 1991: Ron Kenoly - Jesus Is Alive (Integrity's Hosanna! Music)
  • 1992: Mark Conner - All Nations Worship (Integrity's a Hosanna! Music)
  • 1992: Ron KenolyLift Him Up (Integrity Hosanna! Music)
  • 1992: Don Moen - Worship with Don Moen (Integrity's Hosanna! Music)
  • 1992: Rusty Nelson - Take the City (Integrity's Hosanna! Music)
  • 1992: Rich Gomez - Almighty (Integrity's Hosanna! Music)
  • 1992: Phil DriscollThe Picture Changes (Mighty Horn)
  • 1993: Helen Baylor ‒ Start All Over
  • 1993: Lionel Peterson - Rejoice Africa (Integrity's Hosanna! Music)
  • 1993: Tom Inglis - We Are One (Integrity's Hosanna! Music)
  • 1993: Randy Rothwell - Be Magnified (Integrity's Hosanna! Music)
  • 1994: Andraé CrouchMercy (Qwest Records)
  • 1994: Ron KenolyGod Is Able (Integrity Hosanna! Music)
  • 1994: Rick & Cathy Riso - As for My House (Integrity's Hosanna! Music)
  • 1995: The Maranatha! Promise Band - Raise the Standard (Maranatha! Music)
  • 1995: Don Moen ‒ Rivers of Joy (Integrity Hosanna! Music)
  • 1995: Ron Kenoly - Sing Out With One Voice (Integrity's Hosanna! Music)
  • 1995: Justo Almario ‒ Count Me In
  • 1996: Alvin Slaughter ‒ God Can! (Integrity Hosanna! Music)
  • 1996: Ron Kenoly - Welcome Home (Integrity's Hosanna! Music)
  • 1997: Lou Pardini ‒ Night to Remember
  • 1997: Don Moen - Let Your Glory Fall (Integrity's Hosanna! Music)
  • 1998: Ron Kenoly - Majesty (Integrity's Hosanna! Music)
  • 1998: Don Moen - God Is Good (Integrity's Hosanna! Music)
  • 1999: Ron Kenoly - We Offer Praises (Integrity's Hosanna! Music)
  • 1999: Phil DriscollThe Quiet (Mighty Horn)
  • 2000: Don Moen ‒ The Mercy Seat (Integrity Hosanna! Music)
  • 2000: Phil DriscollPlugged In (Mighty Horn)
  • 2001: Alan SilvestriThe Mexican (Decca)
  • 2007: Michael GiacchinoRatatouille (Walt Disney Records)
  • 2008: Karen Blixt ‒ Mad Hope (HiFli Records)
  • 2008: Chris Boardman ‒ Midtown Moves (Ambient Entertainment)
  • 2009: Tom Brooks ‒ Hymns of Peace (Worship Alliance / 3:16 Media)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Peter Meyer says: (2010-12-27). "Video Interview: Abe Laboriel, Sr". Bassfrontiersmag.com. Retrieved 2012-04-28. 
  2. ^ "Open Hands - About the Band". Openhandsmusic.net. Retrieved 2012-04-28. 
  3. ^ "Spectrasonics Artisans - Abraham Laboriel". Spectrasonics.net. Retrieved 2012-04-28. 
  4. ^ "Abraham Laboriel Sr". Spectrasonics. Retrieved 2012-04-28. 
  5. ^ Bass Player magazine Studio Legend Recognized With Honorary Degree.