Abraham Laboriel

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Abraham Laboriel Sr.
Laboriel performing in 1994
Laboriel performing in 1994
Background information
Birth nameAbraham Laboriel López
Born (1947-07-17) July 17, 1947 (age 73)
Mexico City, Mexico
InstrumentsBass guitar
Associated actsKoinonia

Abraham Laboriel López (born July 17, 1947) is a Mexican-American bassist who has played on over 4,000 recordings and soundtracks.[1] Guitar Player magazine called him "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. His brother was Mexican rock singer Johnny Laboriel.[5] Their parents were Garifuna immigrants from Honduras.[6] 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, to pursue a recording career.[7]

Laboriel has worked with 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, Chris Isaak, Christopher Cross, Crystal Lewis, Dave Grusin, Djavan, Dolly Parton, Don Moen, Donald Fagen, Elton John, Engelbert Humperdinck, Freddie Hubbard, Phil Driscoll, 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, Luis Miguel, Ron Kenoly, Russ Taff, Stevie Wonder, Umberto Tozzi, Randy Crawford and DeBarge.

Laboriel was a founding member of the bands Friendship and Koinonia. With the latter he recorded four albums.

In addition Laboriel recorded several solo albums on which 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. played drums.

In 2005, Abraham was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music by the Berklee College of Music.[8]

Laboriel is now in the band Open Hands with Justo Almario, Greg Mathieson, and Bill Maxwell.


  • Dear Friends (1993)
  • Guidum (1995)
  • Justo Almario & Abraham Laboriel (1995)
  • Laboriel Mathieson (2001)
  • Live in Switzerland (2005)

With Koinonia

  • More Than a Feelin' (1983)
  • Celebration (1984)
  • Frontline (1986)
  • Koinonia (1989)

As sideman[edit]

With Justo Almario

  • 1987 Plumbline (Meadowlark/Sparrow)
  • 1995 Count Me In

With George Benson

With George Cables

With Larry Carlton

With Andraé Crouch

  • 1979 I'll Be Thinking Of You (Light Records)
  • 1981 Don't Give Up (Warner Bros.)
  • 1994 Mercy (Qwest)
  • 2006 Mighty Wind

With Phil Driscoll

  • 1987 Make Us One (Compose)
  • 1992 The Picture Changes (Mighty Horn)
  • 1994 Selah I
  • 1996 Selah II
  • 1997 Live with Friends
  • 1997 Live Praise and Worship
  • 1999 The Quiet (Mighty Horn)
  • 2000 Plugged In (Mighty Horn)

With Michael Giacchino

  • 2004 The Incredibles (Walt Disney)
  • 2007 Ratatouille (Walt Disney)
  • 2015 Inside Out (Walt Disney)
  • 2016 Zootopia (Walt Disney)
  • 2018 Incredibles 2 (Walt Disney)

With Dave Grusin

With Al Jarreau

With Ron Kenoly

  • 1991 Jesus Is Alive (Integrity)
  • 1992 Lift Him Up (Integrity)
  • 1994 God Is Able (Integrity)
  • 1995 Sing Out With One Voice (Integrity)
  • 1996 Welcome Home (Integrity)
  • 1998 Majesty (Integrity)
  • 1999 We Offer Praises (Integrity)

With Henry Mancini

  • 1975 Symphonic Soul (RCA)
  • 1976 The Cop Show Themes (RCA)

With Don Moen

  • 1992 Worship with Don Moen (Integrity)
  • 1995 Rivers of Joy (Integrity)
  • 1997 Let Your Glory Fall (Integrity)
  • 1998 God Is Good (Integrity)
  • 2000 The Mercy Seat (Integrity)

With Al Jarreau and George Benson

With Lee Ritenour

  • 1978 The Captain's Journey (Elektra)
  • 1979 Feel the Night (Elektra)
  • 1986 Earth Run (GRP Records)

With others


  1. ^ Peter Meyer says (December 27, 2010). "Video Interview: Abe Laboriel Sr". Bassfrontiersmag.com. Retrieved April 28, 2012.
  2. ^ "Open Hands - About the Band". Openhandsmusic.net. Retrieved April 28, 2012.
  3. ^ "Spectrasonics Artisans - Abraham Laboriel". Spectrasonics.net. Retrieved April 28, 2012.
  4. ^ "The 100 Greatest Bass Players". bassplayer.com. NewBay Media.
  5. ^ "Johnny Laboriel dies at 71; Mexican rock 'n' roll star". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 15, 2015.
  6. ^ Cunin, Elisabeth (January 1, 2014). "Administrer les étrangers au Mexique: Migrations afrobéliziennes dans le Quintana Roo (1902-1940)". KARTHALA Editions. p. 52 – via Google Books.
  7. ^ "Abraham Laboriel Sr". Spectrasonics. Retrieved April 28, 2012.
  8. ^ Bass Player magazine Archived February 8, 2008, at the Wayback Machine Studio Legend Recognized With Honorary Degree.

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