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 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]

Abraham Laboriel Sr.
Laboriel performing in 1994
Background information
Birth nameAbraham Laboriel López
Born (1947-07-17) July 17, 1947 (age 72)
Mexico City, Mexico
InstrumentsBass guitar
Associated actsKoinonia

Laboriel was born in Mexico City. 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.[5] His brother was Mexican rock singer Johnny Laboriel.[6] Their parents were Garifuna immigrants from Honduras.[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 sometimes DeBarge.

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. played 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.[8]


  • 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 sidemanEdit

With Justo Almario

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

With George Benson

With George Cables

With Larry Carlton

With Andraé Crouch

  • 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

  • 1982 Tootsie (Warner Bros.)
  • 1990 GRP Live in Session (GRP)
  • 1987 Cinemagic (GRP)

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

External linksEdit


  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. ^ "Abraham Laboriel Sr". Spectrasonics. Retrieved April 28, 2012.
  6. ^ "Johnny Laboriel dies at 71; Mexican rock 'n' roll star". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 15, 2015.
  7. ^ Google books
  8. ^ Bass Player magazine Archived February 8, 2008, at the Wayback Machine Studio Legend Recognized With Honorary Degree.