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Abe Laboriel Jr.
Abe Laboriel, Tel Aviv.jpg
Background information
Birth name Abraham Laboriel Jr
Born 1971
Origin USA
Occupation Session musician, drummer
Instruments Drums, percussion, vocals
Years active 1980-present

Abe Laboriel Jr. is an American session drummer who is the current drummer for rock artist Paul McCartney, and performed on Duran Duran's Thank You album.

Early life[]

Laboriel was mentored by well known percussionists and drummers, including Jeff Porcaro, Chester Thompson, Bill Maxwell and Alex Acuña, who had formed the band Koinonia with his father in the 1980s.

He attended the Dick Grove School of Music, studying with Peter Donald, during his junior year in high school. He also attended the Hamilton High School Academy of Music his senior year. In 1989, he was honored by the National Foundation For The Advancement Of The Arts and Down Beat magazine. He then enrolled at the Berklee College of Music, where he graduated in 1993.


Laboriel's first break as a drummer was a tour with guitarist Steve Vai. He then toured with Seal, where many record producers around Los Angeles, California saw him perform, leading to many recording sessions. Laboriel next toured with K.D. Lang for a while, where Sting saw him play with her, leading Laboriel to join Sting's touring band. The K.D. Lang connection also led Laboriel to working with Paul McCartney, including McCartney's appearance during the halftime of Super Bowl XXXIX. He also toured and recorded on studio with former Menudo member, Robi Draco Rosa on his album Vagabundo.

In addition to the artists listed above, Laboriel has also recorded and performed with artists like Crystal Lewis, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Les Paul, Ashlee Simpson, LeAnn Rimes, Mylène Farmer, Letters to Cleo, Kelly Clarkson and also featured on Duran Duran's Thank You album. Lewis and Laboriel were also both a part of the Nickelodeon Television Series, Roundhouse in the 1990s.

On the side, Laboriel was part of a power trio by the name of The Raging Honkies. He is part of the collective that is Chocolate Genius, Inc.

In 2006, in the show "Avant que l'ombre... à Bercy" (in English, "Before the shadow... at Bercy"), Laboriel sang "Les Mots" (in English, "the words") in duet with Mylène Farmer (french female singer).

Abe toured with Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood on their 14-date American Tour in 2009 and is currently touring with Paul McCartney (Summer '09 Tour) and has been the drummer for the majority of McCartney's tours and recordings this decade.


Year Artist Album/Track Instrument(s)
1992 Justo Almario Heritage Drums
1993 Abraham Laboriel Dear Friends Drums
Dianne Reeves Art & Survival Drums
1994 Justo Almario Justo Almario & Abraham Laboriel Drums
Big Mountain Unity Drums
Original Soundtrack Reality Bites Drums
1995 Jonatha Brooke & the Story Plumb Dumbek, Percussion, Arranger, Drums, Tambourine, Shaker
Abraham Laboriel Guidim Drums
Duran Duran Thank You Drums
1996 Doyle Bramhall II Doyle Bramhall II Drums
For Real Free Percussion
Original Soundtrack Craft Drums, Percussion
Various Artists Tribute: The Songs of Andrae Crouch Drums
Ednita Nazario Espiritu Libre Drums
1997 Jonatha Brooke 10 Cent Wings Drums, Tambourine, Vocals, Shaker
Mylene Farmer Live à Bercy Drums
Victor Feldman Audiophile Percussion
David Garfield & Friends Tribute to Jeff Drums, Tom-tom
Hanson Middle of Nowhere Drums
k. d. lang Drag Drums
Ringo Starr Got the Feeling Drum samples
John Sykes Loveland Drums, Percussion
The Wilsons The Wilsons Drums
1998 Gabriela Anders Wanting Drums
Adam Cohen Adam Cohen Drums
DollsHead Frozen Charlotte Drum programming, Drum loops
Crystal Lewis Gold Drums
Rebekah Remember to Breathe Drums
Imogen Heap I Megaphone Drums
Murmurs Blender Drums
1999 Richard Anstey Aromatic Journey Drums, Percussion
Natalie Cole Snowfall on the Sahara Drum loops
Mylene Farmer Innamoramento Drums
Scritti Politti Anomie & Bonhomie Drums
Shelby Starner From in the Shadows Drums, Percussion
Dave Stewart Sly Fi Drums
Jeremy Toback Another True Fiction Drums, Background vocals
Sylvie Vartan Irrésistiblement Drums
Paul Westerberg Suicane Gratifaction Drums
Television Soundtrack Batman Beyond Drum programming
2000 Fishbone The Psychotic Friends Nuttwerx Drums, Lo-Tech Loop
Johnny Hallyday Sang Pour Sang Drums
Gregory James Traveler Drum loops
k. d. lang Invincible Summer Drums, Vocals
Manhattan Transfer Spirit of St. Louis Drums, Loops, Orchestration
Ricky Martin Sound Loaded Drums
John McVey Jigsaw Drums
Splattercell Oah Drums, Vocals
Original Soundtrack Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker Drum loop
Mylene Farmer Mylenium Tour Drums
2001 Chris Botti Night Sessions Drums
Chocolate Genius Godmusic Producer
DDP Esquina del Creme Drum loops
Mylene Farmer Mot: The Best of Mylene Farmer Drums
Krystal Me and My Piano Drums
k. d. lang Live By Request Drums
Paul McCartney Driving Rain Percussion, Accordion, Drums, Tambourine, Background Vocals, Electronic Percussion, African Drums, Roland Synthesizer
Shakira Laundry Service Drums
Various Artists Concert for New York City Drums
Original Soundtrack Legally Blonde Drums
2002 Original Soundtrack I Am Sam Guitar, Drums, Keyboards, Producer
Meredith Brooks Bad Bad One Drums
Vanessa Carlton Thousand Miles/Twilight Live Drums
Vanessa Carlton Be Not Nobody Drums
Citizen Cope Citizen Cope Drums
Dakota Moon Place to Land Drums
John Doe Dim Stars, Bright Sky Drums
Mylene Farmer Best of Les Mots Drums
Jennifer Love Hewitt BareNaked Drums
Lamya Learning From Falling Drums
Paul McCartney Back in the U.S. Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals, Liner Notes
Taylor Mesple Victory Land Drums, Loops
O-Town 02 Drums
Dianne Reeves Best of Dianne Reeves Drums
LeAnn Rimes Twisted Angel Drums
Will Smith Born to Reign Drums
Original Motion Picture Treasure Planet (2002) Drums
Various Artist Party at the Palace: The Queen's Jubilee Concert (DVD) Drums
2003 <BPM> Brazilian Vibe Experience Drum loops
Kelly Clarkson Thankful Drums
Fiction Plane Everything Will Never Be OK Drums
Jewel 0304 Percussion, Drums
Paul McCartney Back in the World Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals, Liner Notes
Lisa Marie Presley To Whom It May Concern Guitar, Drums, Electric Drums
Lucy Woodward While You Can Drums
Original Soundtrack Bulletproof Monk Drums
Various Artists
2009 Kate Voegele A Fine Mess Drums
2009 Paul McCartney Good Evening New York City Tour Drums
2009 Paul McCartney Good Evening Europe Tour Drums