Abraham Laboriel Sr.
Abraham Laboriel Sr. is a Mexican bassist and Berklee alumnus who has played on over 4,000 recordings and soundtracks. Guitar Player described him as "the most widely used session bassist of our time." He is the father of drummer Abe Laboriel Jr. and of producer, songwriter, and film composer Mateo Laboriel.
Laboriel was born in Mexico City. Originally a classically trained guitarist, he switched to bass guitar while studying at Berklee. Henry Mancini encouraged Laboriel to move to Los Angeles and pursue a recording career. Since then, he has worked with artists as diverse as Donald Fagen, Stevie Wonder, Hanson, Dolly Parton, and Madonna.
Laboriel was a founding member of the bands Friendship and Koinonia. He plays live regularly with Greg Mathieson, drummer Bill Maxwell, and Justo Almario, and is now in the band Open Hands with Almario, Maxwell, and Greg Mathieson. In 2005, Berklee awarded him an honorary doctorate.
His son, Abe Laboriel Jr., has toured extensively as a vocalist and drummer for Paul McCartney.