Abraham Laboriel

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Abraham Laboriel Sr.
Background information
Birth name Abraham Laboriel López
Born (1947-07-17) July 17, 1947 (age 69)
Origin Mexico City, Mexico
Occupation(s) Bass guitarist, session musician
Instruments Bass guitar

Abraham Laboriel Sr. (born July 17, 1947) is a Mexican-American 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. He is ranked No. 42 on Bass Player magazine's list of "The 100 Greatest Bass Players of All Time".[4]

Laboriel was born in Mexico City. Originally a classically trained guitarist, he switched to bass guitar while studying at the Berklee College of Music. Henry Mancini encouraged Laboriel to move to Los Angeles, California and pursue a recording career.[5] His brother was the late Mexican rock & roll singer Johnny Laboriel.[6] Their parents were Honduran immigrants from the Garifuna coast.[6]

Laboriel has worked with artists of many 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, Nathan Davis, 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.[7]


Solo albums[edit]

  • 1993: Abraham Laboriel (Dear Friends), produced by Greg Mathieson
  • 1994: Abraham Laboriel (Guidum) Produced by Greg Mathieson
  • 1994: Justo Almario and Abraham Laboriel (Justo & Abraham) Produced by Greg Mathieson
  • 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)
  • 2016: Dear Friends, Querido Amigos

Group albums[edit]

  • 1982: Koinonia (More than a Feelin')
  • 1984: Koinonia (Celebration)
  • 1986: Koinonia (Frontline)
  • 1989: Koinonia (Koinonia)
  • 2005: Otmaro Ruíz Trio featuring Alex Acuña, & Abraham Laboriel (Latino)
  • 2009: Open Hands (Open Hands)

Session work[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. ^ "The 100 Greatest Bass Players". bassplayer.com. NewBay Media. 
  5. ^ "Abraham Laboriel Sr". Spectrasonics. Retrieved 2012-04-28. 
  6. ^ a b "Johnny Laboriel dies at 71; Mexican rock 'n' roll star". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  7. ^ Bass Player magazine Studio Legend Recognized With Honorary Degree.