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 called him "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 of All Time".
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. His brother was Mexican rock singer Johnny Laboriel. Their parents were Honduran immigrants from the Garifuna coast.
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, 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. 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.
Dear Friends (1993)Guidum (1995)Justo Almario & Abraham Laboriel (1995)Laboriel Mathieson (2001)Live in Switzerland (2005)
With KoinoniaMore Than a Feelin' (1983)Celebration (1984)Frontline (1986)Koinonia (1989)
With Justo Almario1987 Plumbline (Meadowlark/Sparrow)1995 Count Me In
With George Benson1980 Give Me the Night (Warner Bros.)1988 Twice the Love (Warner Bros.)
With Andraé Crouch1981Don't Give Up (Warner Bros.)1994 Mercy (Qwest)2006 Mighty Wind
With Phil Driscoll1987 Make Us One (Compose)1992 The Picture Changes (Mighty Horn)1999 The Quiet (Mighty Horn)2000 Plugged In (Mighty Horn)
With Michael Giacchino2007 Ratatouille (Walt Disney)2015 Inside Out (Walt Disney)2016 Zootopia (Walt Disney)
With Dave Grusin1982 Tootsie (Warner Bros.)1990 GRP Live in Session (GRP)1987 Cinemagic (GRP)
With Al Jarreau1977 Look to the Rainbow (Warner Bros.)1980 This Time (Warner Bros.)1981 Breakin' Away (Warner Bros.)
With Ron Kenoly1991 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 Mancini1975 Symphonic Soul (RCA)1976 The Cop Show Themes (RCA)
With Don Moen1992 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 others1973 Gary Burton, The New Quartet (ECM)1976 Nathan Davis, If (Tomorrow International)1978 Keith Green, No Compromise1978 Kelly Willard, Blame It On The One I Love (Maranatha!)1978 Lalo Schifrin, Gypsies (album)|Gypsies (Tabu)1978 Lee Ritenour, The Captain's Journey (Elektra)1978 Second Chapter of Acts, Mansion Builder (Sparrow)1978 Stan Getz, Children of the World (Columbia)1979 Herb Alpert, Rise (A&M)1979 Joe Sample, Carmel (ABC)1979 Paul Clark, Aim for the Heart (Myrrh)1980 Dolly Parton, 9 to 5 and Odd Jobs (RCA)1981 The Manhattan Transfer, Mecca for Moderns (Atlantic)1982 Herbie Hancock, Lite Me Up (CBS)1985 DeBarge, Rhythm of the Night (Gordy)1987 David Benoit, Freedom at Midnight (GRP)1989 Greg Mathieson For My Friends1990 Twila Paris, Cry for the Desert (EMI CMG)1991 Mark Conner All Nations Worship (Integrity)1991 Michael Jackson, Dangerous (Epic)1992 Rich Gomez, Almighty (Integrity)1992 Rusty Nelson, Take the City (Integrity)1993 Helen Baylor, Start All Over1993 Lionel Peterson, Rejoice Africa (Integrity)1993 Randy Rothwell, Be Magnified (Integrity)1993 Tom Inglis, We Are One (Integrity)1994 Rick & Cathy Riso, As for My House (Integrity')1995 The Maranatha! Promise Band, Raise the Standard (Maranatha!)1996 Alvin Slaughter, God Can! (Integrity)1997 Lou Pardini, Night to Remember2001 Alan Silvestri, The Mexican (Decca)2004 Don Grusin, The Hang2008 Chris Boardman, Midtown Moves (Ambient Entertainment)2008 Karen Blixt, Mad Hope (HiFli)2009 Tom Brooks, Hymns of Peace (Worship Alliance/3:16 Media)2013 Christophe Beck, Frozen (Walt Disney)