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ABRAHAM LABORIEL

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BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS

Description: Bassist, USA

Known For: Solo albums ‒ Dear Friends, Guidum, and Justo & Abraham

Instruments: Bass

Music Styles: Rock, pop,soul

Date Born: 17th July 1947

CONTACT DETAILS
Website:  “Abraham Laboriel Sr”

Other Links: See below:

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BIOGRAPHICAL PROFILE

Abraham Laboriel Sr.

a Mexican 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.

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.

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

Al Jarreau, Alan Silvestri, Alvaro Lopez and Res-Q Band, Alvin Slaughter, 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, 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.

Discography

Solo albums

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

Session work

1973: Gary Burton ‒ The New Quartet (ECM)
1978: Lalo Schifrin ‒ Gypsies (Tabu)
1978: Kelly Willard ‒ Blame It On The One I Love (Maranatha Music)
1981: Al Jarreau ‒ Breakin’ Away (Warner Bros)
2001: Alan Silvestri ‒ The Mexican (Decca)

Discography

Solo albums

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

Session work

1973: Gary Burton ‒ The New Quartet (ECM)
1978: Lalo Schifrin ‒ Gypsies (Tabu)
1978: Kelly Willard ‒ Blame It On The One I Love (Maranatha Music)
1981: Al Jarreau ‒ Breakin’ Away (Warner Bros)
2001: Alan Silvestri ‒ The Mexican (Decca)

LINKS:

  1. ^ Peter Meyer says: (2010-12-27). “Video Interview: Abe Laboriel, Sr”

    . Bassfrontiersmag.com. Retrieved 2012-04-28.

  2. Jump up ^ “Open Hands – About the Band”

    . Openhandsmusic.net. Retrieved 2012-04-28.

  3. Jump up ^ “Spectrasonics Artisans – Abraham Laboriel”

    . Spectrasonics.net. Retrieved 2012-04-28.

  4. Jump up ^ “Abraham Laboriel Sr”

    . Spectrasonics. Retrieved 2012-04-28.

  5. ^ Jump up to: a b “Johnny Laboriel dies at 71; Mexican rock ‘n’ roll star”

    . Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 15 January 2015.

  6. Jump up ^ Bass Player magazine

    Studio Legend Recognized With Honorary Degree.