Abraham Laboriel

Abraham Laboriel Sr. (born July 17, 1947) is a Mexican-American bassist who has played on over 4,000 recordings and soundtracks. Guitar Player Magazine described him as “the most widely used session bassist of our time”. 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”.

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. His brother was the late Mexican rock & roll singer Johnny Laboriel. Their parents were Honduran immigrants from the Garifuna coast.

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.

Discography

Solo albums

  • 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

  • 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

  • 1973: Gary Burton ‒ The New Quartet (ECM)
  • 1975: Henry Mancini – Symphonic Soul (RCA)
  • 1976: Nathan Davis – If (Tomorrow International Inc.)
  • 1976: Henry Mancini ‒ The Cop Show Themes (RCA)
  • 1977: Al Jarreau ‒ Look to the Rainbow (Warner Bros.)
  • 1978: Keith Green ‒ No Compromise
  • 1978: Lalo Schifrin ‒ Gypsies (Tabu)
  • 1978: Lee Ritenour ‒ The Captain’s Journey (Elektra)
  • 1978: Kelly Willard ‒ Blame It On The One I Love (Maranatha Music)
  • 1978: Second Chapter of Acts ‒ Mansion Builder (Sparrow Records)
  • 1978: Stan Getz – Children of the World (Columbia)
  • 1979: Paul Clark – Aim For the Heart (Myrhh Records)
  • 1979: Herb Alpert – Rise (A&M Records, Inc.)
  • 1979: Joe Sample – Carmel (ABC Records, Inc.)
  • 1980: Dolly Parton ‒ 9 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: Andraé Crouch – Don’t Give Up (Warner Brothers)
  • 1981: Manhattan Transfer – Mecca for Moderns (Atlantic Records)
  • 1982: Dave Grusin ‒ Tootsie (Warner Bros.)
  • 1982: Herbie Hancock ‒ Lite Me Up (CBS)
  • 1985: DeBarge ‒ Rhythm of the Night (Gordy)
  • 1987: Phil Driscoll ‒ Make Us One (Compose Records)
  • 1987: Dave Grusin ‒ Cinemagic (GRP)
  • 1987: David Benoit ‒ Freedom at Midnight (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)
  • 1991: Michael Jackson – Dangerous (Epic)
  • 1992: Mark Conner – All Nations Worship (Integrity’s Hosanna! Music)
  • 1992: Ron Kenoly ‒ Lift 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 Driscoll ‒ The 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 Crouch ‒ Mercy (Qwest Records)
  • 1994: Ron Kenoly ‒ God 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 Driscoll ‒ The Quiet (Mighty Horn)
  • 2000: Don Moen ‒ The Mercy Seat (Integrity Hosanna! Music)
  • 2000: Phil Driscoll ‒ Plugged In (Mighty Horn)
  • 2001: Alan Silvestri ‒ The Mexican (Decca)
  • 2004: Don Grusin ‒ The Hang
  • 2006: Andraé Crouch ‒ Mighty Wind
  • 2007: Michael Giacchino ‒ Ratatouille (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)
  • 2013: Christophe Beck – Frozen (Walt Disney Records) (also includes “Let It Go (Elsa’s Tune)”
  • 2015: Michael Giacchino ‒ Inside Out (Walt Disney Records)
  • 2016: Michael Giacchino – Zootopia (Walt Disney Records)
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