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The Abraham Laboriel Thread

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by miruku_sai, Aug 24, 2012.

  1. miruku_sai


    Aug 24, 2012

    First of all, I hope this thread doesn't exist yet (sorry, too lazy to check for duplicate threads, so please bear with me a little ;))

    I'm a new member on here, though not a new bassist anymore and I would like to share with you just one of the greatest bassists of all time who inspired and influenced me to become a bassist.


    His name is Abraham Laboriel Sr. note that I put Sr. on his name not to be mistaken as his son Abe Laboriel Jr. (a drummer.)

    This is his profile as copied from wikipedia: :p
    Abraham Laboriel, Sr. (born July 17, 1947) is a Mexican bassist of Garifuna descent 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, Afro-Mexican descent. 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. Since then, he has worked with artists as diverse as Donald Fagen, Lee Ritenour, Christopher Cross, Larry Carlton, Dave Grusin, Andy Pratt, Stevie Wonder, Hanson, Barbra Streisand, Al Jarreau, Billy Cobham, Dolly Parton, Elton John, Ray Charles, Madonna, Paul Simon, Keith Green, Carlos Skinfill, Alvaro Lopez and Res-Q Band, Lisa Loeb, Quincy Jones, Leo Sayer, Russ Taff, Engelbert Humperdinck, Andy Summers, Umberto Tozzi, Ron Kenoly, Don Moen, Alvin Slaughter, Johnny Hallyday, Crystal Lewis, Lalo Schifrin, Herbie Hancock, Chris Isaak, Paul Jackson Jr., and Michael Jackson.
    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.

    I'll be also linking this amazing tutorial video of his, Abraham Laboriel funk bass tutorial 1

    Videos are not mine so I will be only linking the first video tutorial since the succeeding videos are ALL in youtube and are very easy to find. Tough luck the videos are way too old to be watched in HD, but w/e Abraham Sr. is too great to just be ignored.

    For beginner bassists who wants to learn about funk bass I think he can help, as he had helped me too. :bassist:
  2. R0VER


    Jul 25, 2011
    Abe Laborial is the man! One of the greatest bassists I've come across. He knows how to pick up a crowd with just a bass and his spirit.

    Thanks for sharing the vid!
  3. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Banned

    Jan 20, 2011
    Abe isthe bomb. His son is bad too. Catch them live if you can.
  4. R0VER


    Jul 25, 2011
    Would love to
  5. miruku_sai


    Aug 24, 2012
    You're welcome. :smug:

    Totally agree! If only he was my mentor..... :meh: I doubt if that can happen. :p
  6. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Banned

    Jan 20, 2011
    Get this: they performed at my/friends church without announcement. THey only said a cool jazz act is performing everyone come Sunday night. I heard very few people were there (I didn't). Abe sr Abe jr & friends--some other legendary studio cats I forget--playing a free concert in a med sized church hall for a dozen or so people. My friend vid recorded the night but promised not to share the file. I've only seen it there at his pc. Of course Abe went all out even w such a small audience he played like it was the last day of his life. The end.

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