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(born July 17, 1947) is a Mexican bassist of Garifuna descent who has played on over 4,000recordings 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.[br][br]

Abraham Laboriel was born in Mexico CityAfro-Mexican descent. Originally a classically trained guitarist, he switched to bass guitar while studying at the Berklee School of MusicHenry Mancini encouraged Laboriel to move to Los Angeles, California and pursue a recording career. [br][br]

Since then, he has worked with artists as diverse as Andraé CrouchDonald FagenLee RitenourChristopher CrossLarry CarltonAlan SilvestriDave GrusinAndy PrattStevie WonderFreddie HubbardHansonBarbra StreisandAl Jarreau,Billy CobhamDjavanDolly PartonElton JohnRay CharlesMadonnaPaul SimonKeith GreenCarlos SkinfillAlvaro Lopez and Res-Q BandLisa LoebQuincy JonesLeo SayerRuss TaffEngelbert HumperdinckAndy SummersUmberto TozziRon Kenoly,Don MoenAlvin SlaughterJohnny HallydayCrystal LewisLalo SchifrinHerbie HancockChris IsaakPaul Jackson Jr., andMichael Jackson. [br][br]

When Laboriel recorded his three solo albums (Dear FriendsGuidum, and Justo & Abraham), he recruited a cast of musicians that included Alex AcuñaAl JarreauJim KeltnerPhillip BaileyRon Kenoly, and others. His son Abe Laboriel Jr. performed drums. [br][br]

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.