According to Guitar Player magazine, Abraham Laboriel is ". . . the most widely used session bassist of our time." Born and raised in Mexico City to Honduran (Garifuna) parents, he received his earliest training from his father, a gifted composer and guitarist. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, Laboriel has performed on more than 4,000 recordings and movie soundtracks. He is a founding member of the pioneering jazz groups Friendship and Koinonia. He has recorded and performed with a remarkable array of jazz artists including, Al Jarreau, Dianne Reeves, George Benson, Larry Carlton, Dave Grusin, Ella Fitzgerald, and Herbie Hancock.
Laboriel has also worked with artists like Quincy Jones, Lionel Richie, Ray Charles, Dolly Parton, Clint Black, Barbra Streisand, and Placid Domingo. He is in demand in the Latin music world, recording with Ruben Blades, Julio Iglesias, and Roberto Carlos. He has played bass on dozens of movie soundtracks from Tootsie and Terms of Endearment to Forrest Gump and Ratatouille. Laboriel has also contributed to many of the best-loved gospel and worship recordings of the past few decades.
In 2005, Berklee College of Music awarded Laboriel an honorary Doctorate of Music. He is in demand as a teacher of music and worship, such as visiting professor at Berklee College of Music and the University of Pittsburgh, and as a teacher and visiting worship leader at Saddleback and other churches throughout the United States and the world.
His newest project is his band Open Hands, featuring Justo Almario, Greg Mathieson, and Bill Maxwell.