Nasceu em 17 de julho de 1947 (67 anos) na Cidade do México - México - e é mundialmente reconhecido pelo seu talento: “There are a lot of great bass players in this world, but there is one, and only one Abraham Laboriel.”, Larry Carlton; “the most widely used session bassist of our time”, Guitar Player Magazine. Efetuou a sua primeira gravação aos 10 anos de idade com um grupo de rock’n’roll da sua cidade e atuou pelo país durante a adolescência como músico e ator.
Começou por tocar guitarra clássica mas mudou para o baixo quando estudava na Berklee School of Music e onde obteve um diploma em composição em 1972. Durante o curso gravou com o colega Gary Burton, vibrafonista, e tocou em tournés com Johnny Mathis e Michel Legrand. Trabalhou com o famoso compositor e maestro Henry Mancini que, em 1976, o persuadiu a mudar-se para Los Angeles.
Esta mudança foi o início de uma carreira de estúdio extremamente bem sucedida e diversificada. Tocou com os mais reconhecidos do jazz ao pop rock: Aretha Franklin, 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, Ella Fitzgerald, Elton John, Engelbert Humperdinck, Freddie Hubbard, Hanson, Herbie Hancock, Joe Pass, Johnny Hallyday, Keith Green, Kelly Willard, Lalo Schifrin, Larry Carlton, Lee Ritenour, Leo Sayer, Lisa Loeb, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Paul Jackson Jr., Paul Simon, Quincy Jones, Ray Charles, Robbie Robertson, Ron Kenoly, Russ Taff, Stevie Wonder e Umberto Tozzi. Participou também em bandas sonoras de filmes.
Quando Laboriel gravou os seus três albuns a solo - Dear Friends, Guidum, and Justo & Abraham - recrutou um conjunto de músicos que incluía Alex Acuña, Al Jarreau, Jim Keltner, Phillip Bailey, Ron Kenoly entre outros. O seu filho, Abe Laboriel Jr. tocou bateria. Foi membro fundador das bandas, Friendship e Koinonia e tocou ao vivo regularmente com Greg Mathieson, o baterista Bill Maxwell e Justo Almario. Tocou também na banda Open Hands com Justo Almario, Greg Mathieson e Bill Maxwell.
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