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Abraham Laboriel

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Emanuel Apascaritei, Sep 13, 2012.

  1. Hi,

    Yesterday I had the privilage to meet Abraham Laboriel. I just wanted to share how special, full of love and humbleness this person is. And not only because of he´s one of the best bass players on this planet but he´s also a born again christian too.

    God bless you Abraham!

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  2. Lo-E


    Dec 19, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    An amazing player. Glad to hear he's a nice guy!
  3. 4-string


    Jul 23, 2006
    One of my all time heroes! Had the pleasure of seeing him live with Koinonia back in the '80s, amazing player.
  4. Jhengsman


    Oct 17, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    It may be a language factor in play, we generally say born again not new born. Brother Abraham has been on that walk for decades. In his on band and with others like Ron Kenoly
  5. thanks for the correction, I edited the post. :D
  6. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Banned

    Jan 20, 2011
  7. trothwell


    Apr 9, 2008
    I worked on a project with Abraham a few years ago. The man is an amazing bass player, but I was perhaps even more struck by his humble attitude.

    After recording a characteristically awesome bass part, he would emerge from the recording booth into the control room and ask, "How was that? Is there anything you'd like to hear done differently?"

    He was truly there to serve.
  8. intheory


    Nov 17, 2009
    SW Florida
    Awesome player!!! He was the first bass player that I personally ever heard use chords on the bass...it was an epiphany for me!
  9. Roy Vogt

    Roy Vogt Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2000
    Endorsing Artist: Kiesel, Carvin, Accuracy, Hotwire, Conklin Basses, DNA, Eden
    He is amazing! I saw him with Hands at The Baked Potato in LA and he was the best bassist on the planet that night! If you have a chance to see him live I highly recommend it.
  10. JTE


    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    I saw him on a Henry Mancini concert on TV just when I started playing bass- of course I didn't know who he was. It was only years later when I became aware of him through his work with Larry Carlton, and saw a picture of him in the Mancini days that I recognized him and his first bass.

    My all-time favorite electric bass solo is by Abe. It's on his song "Rio Samba" on a live Larry Carlton recording of which I had an unmarked cassette tape of, but I don't think it's "Mr. 335 Live In Japan". The perfect solo- starts out with an introductory phrase, builds and tells a story, and has a conclusion.

    I also used GHS Brite-Flats on my StingRay becasue he used them on his fretless Sabre for all those CHIPs TV show chase scenes :)

  11. Any old timers here remember a single sung by Andy Pratt called "Avenging Annie". OUTRAGEOUS bass by Abe!
  12. Roy Vogt

    Roy Vogt Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2000
    Endorsing Artist: Kiesel, Carvin, Accuracy, Hotwire, Conklin Basses, DNA, Eden
    Here it is:
  13. :):):)
  14. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Banned

    Jan 20, 2011
    I wonder if he influenced geddy.

    Thanks Roy
  15. Rev J

    Rev J

    Jun 14, 2012
    Berkeley, Ca.
    I wonder how many bassists were influenced by him without realizing they were influenced by him. To me his is proof that you can use "Solo" bass techniques to play "Functional" bass lines. This thread led me to do some YouTube research as I'm vaguely familiar with Abe's work and I stumbled on this nice little documentary:




    I know that Victor Wooten admits that he got the Open Hammer Slap technique from Abe. Plus there are alot of recordings that he has done that you've heard and don't know it's him.

    Stay Brown,
    Rev J
  16. I´ve seen these videos and its amazing, but if you have the oportunity to see him playing and talking....it´s real magic.
  17. His Funk Bass video helped me a lot when I was starting out. I copped his flamenco rolls before I ever heard Victor Wooten using them. This guy is an ocean of groove based technical knowledge and conveys a genuine joy in his playing.

    GSPLBASSDC Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 25, 2005
    Des Moines, IA
    An often overlooked bassist when we start listing our "inspiration".or "best of" players.

    I had the pleasure of seeing him perform with Al Jarreau at Pine Knob in Michigan...an amazing bassist.
  19. redname


    Apr 30, 2010
    you lucky little.......