Basic Background Info

Birth: Unknown
Location: Unknown
Band: Paul McCartney, Sting, The Wilsons, Jewel, Paul Westerberg, Ringo Starr, Scritti Politti, Stanley Turrentine, Murmurs, Ashlee Simpson, Dollshead, Sally Moore, The Raging Honkies, Jonatha Brooke, Natalie Cole, Joe Juliana Hatfield, Joe Henry, Imogen Heap, Seal, For Real, Landau Brothers, Randy Crawford, Doyle Bramhall, Justo Almario, Hanson, Sample, Manhattan Transfer, Big Mountain, David Garfield, Meshell Ndegeocello, Steve Vai, Mylene Farmer, Patti Austin, Kathy Mattea, Duran Duran, Victor Feldman, Melissa Etheridge, Dianne Reeves, Krystal
Genres: Rock, Pop, Country
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician



Abraham, like many musicians, was born into a musically inclined family. Abe Jr.'s  father, Abraham Sr., was an impeccable bassist, who frequently recorded with talented drummers. Immersed in music practically from birth, Abe Jr. began experimenting with drums when he was just four years old. And when he was ten, Abe Jr. took lessons from drum legend Alex Acuna. Later, Jeff Porcaro and Chester Thompson both mentored Abe Jr.. During high school, Abe Jr. attended the Dick Grove School of Music in Los Angeles and studied with Peter Donald. Before leaving high school, Abe Jr.'s musical achievements were honored by the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts as well as Down Beat magazine. Abe Jr. attended the esteemed Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, and graduated in 1993.

Although Abe Jr. recalled that his performance with Steve Vai, "wasn't the greatest," it was his big break into the industry. "It was one of the first things I really did on my own, strictly on my own merit, and I can pretty much trace everything Iíve done back to that gig." Performing with Steve Vai led to performances with Seal seen by every producer imaginable. After that, Abe Jr. started consistently recording. This recording presence led to touring with k.d. lang. While opening for Sting with k.d. lang, Sting noticed Abe Jr.'s performance. When Sting needed a drummer later, he went to Abe Jr., who recorded part of an album with the band and then joined the tour. Another connection with k.d. helped Abe get a gig with Paul McCartney. He recorded an album with Paul and then toured extensively.

Just before commencing the tour with Sting, Abe played with both Sting and Paul McCartney at the Concert for New York, a September 11 tribute. "You will never get that many amazing people on the stage ever again and I really hope there never is a reason for it," Abe said. "There was such a feeling of camaraderie. Everybody was there for the right reasons."

In addition to that string of accomplishments, Abe Jr. has worked with Miley Cyrus, Ashlee Simpson, Queen Latifah, Vanessa Carlton, Sheryl Crow, Fiona Apple, Eric Clapton, Shakira, Jewel, Meredith Brooks, Duran Duran, Liz Phair, Chris Castle, Johnny Halliday, MylËne Farmer, Vanessa Carlton, Ringo Starr, Chris Isaak, Melissa Etheridge, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Manhattan Transfer, Natalie Cole, Dianne Reeves, Justo Almario, and Jonatha Brooke. When not accompanying other artists, Abe works with his power trio, The Raging Honkies, with brothers Mike (vocals, guitar) and Teddy (bass) Landau. Abe Jr. is a drum phenom, but he also produces loops and plays percussion.

Abe Jr. is a known workaholic, a result of his constant enthusiasm and excitement for his work. Abe Jr. attributes "his glow" to "[his] family and being loved." Abe Jr. again credits his family for guiding him while still allowing him to embrace his individuality. Watching his father perform, "fully in love with what he doesÖ was a great example and something to strive for."


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1978 Little Kiss in the Night Ben Sidran
1980 Longest Road Seals & Crofts
1981 Hush John Klemmer
1982 Hollywood Maynard Ferguson
1982 Ride Like the Wind Freddie Hubbard
1983 Eight Times Up Larry Carlton
1983 Emergency Melissa Manchester
1985 Musician Ernie Watts
1986 Sanctuary Ernie Watts
1989 Best of Feldman and the Generation Band Victor Feldman's Generation Band
1992 Heritage Justo Almario
1993 Art & Survival Dianne Reeves
1993 Dear Friends Abraham Laboriel
1993 Love Remembers George Benson
1994 Justo Almario & Abraham Laboriel Justo Almario & Abe Laboriel
1994 Reality Bites Original Soundtrack
1994 Unity Big Mountain
1995 Guidum Abraham Laboriel
1995 Plumb Jonatha Brooke & the Story
1995 Promise Keepers: Raise the Standard, Part 1 Promise Keepers
1995 Raise the Standard, Pt. 2 The Maranatha Singers
1995 Thank You Duran Duran
1996 Craft Original Soundtrack
1996 Doyle Bramhall II Doyle Bramhall II
1996 Espiritu Libre Ednita Nazario
1996 Free For Real
1996 Tribute: The Songs of Andrae Crouch Various Artists
1997 10 Cent Wings Jonatha Brooke
1997 Audiophile Victor Feldman
1997 Drag k.d. lang
1997 Got the Feeling Rigo Starr
1997 Live ¿ Bercy Mylene Farmer
1997 Loveland John Sykes
1997 Middle of Nowhere Hanson
1997 Tribute to Jeff Porcaro David Garfield & Friends
1997 Wilsons The Wilsons
1998 Adam Cohen Adam Cohen
1998 Blender Murmurs
1998 Chapter One John Sykes
1998 Frozen Charlotte DollsHead
1998 Gold Crystal Lewis
1998 I Megaphone Imogen Heap
1998 Ivan in Paris Chandler Travis
1998 Remember to Breathe Rebekah
1998 Wanting Gabriela Anders
1999 Anomie & Bonhomie Scritti Politti
1999 Another True Fiction Jerry Toback
1999 Aromatic Journey Richard Anstey
1999 Batman Beyond Television Soundtrack
1999 From in the Shadows Shelby Starner
1999 Innamoramento Mylene Farmer
1999 IrrÈsistiblement Sylvie
1999 Sang Pour Sang Johnny Hallyday
1999 Sly Fi Dave Stewart
1999 Snowfall on the Sahara Natalie Cole
1999 Suicaine Gratifaction Paul Westerberg
2000 Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker Original Soundtrack
2000 Invincible Summer k.d. lang
2000 Jigsaw John McVey
2000 Oah Splattercell
2000 Sound Loaded [Australian] Ricky Martin
2000 Spirit of St. Louis The Manhattan Transfer
2000 Traveler Gregory James
2000 You Must Come Over To-Night Chandler Travis
2001 Concert for New York City Various Artists
2001 Driving Rain Paul McCartney
2001 Esquina del Crem DDP
2001 From a Lover to a Friend Paul McCartney
2001 Godmusic Chocolate Genius
2001 Laundry Service Shakira
2001 Legally Blonde Original Soundtrack
2001 Live by Request k.d. lang
2001 Me and My Piano Krystal
2001 Mots: The Best of Mylene Farmer Mylene Farmer
2001 Night Sessions Chris Botti
2001 Scar Joe Henry
2001 Skin Melissa Etheridge
2001 Very Best of Patti Austin: The Singles (1969-1986) Patti Austin
2002 2 O-Town
2002 Back in the U.S. Paul McCartney
2002 Bad Bad One Meredith Brooks
2002 BareNaked Jennifer Love Hewitt
2002 Be Not Nobody Vanessa Carlton
2002 Best of Dianne Reeves Dianne Reeves
2002 Best of Les Mots Mylene Farmer
2002 Born to Reign Will Smith
2002 Citizen Cope Citizen Cope
2002 Did Anyone Approach You a-ha
2002 Dim Stars, Bright Sky John Doe
2002 Escaping from the Hands of God Saens
2002 I Am Sam Original Soundtrack
2002 Learning From Falling Lamya
2002 Party at the Palace: The Queen's Jubilee Concert Various Artists
2002 Place to Land Dakota Moon
2002 Testimony Dana Glover
2002 This Time Around Hanson
2002 Thousand Miles/Twilight Live Vanessa Carlton
2002 Transporter [Original Soundtrack] Original Soundtrack
2002 Treasure Planet [Original Score] James Newton Howard
2002 Twisted Angel LeAnn Rimes
2002 Victory Land Taylor Mesple
2003 304 Jewel
2003 2 Become 1/Sweet Temptation Jewel
2003 Back in the World Paul McCartney
2003 Bell Stuart Davis
2003 Brazilian Vibe Experience  
2003 Bulletproof Monk Original Soundtrack
2003 Conception: An Interpretation of Stevie Wonder's Song Various Artists
2003 Different for Girls Leslie Mills
2003 Everything Will Never Be OK Fiction Plane
2003 Grammy Nominees 2003 Various Artists
2003 Just Like Heaven Various Artists
2003 Liz Phair Liz Phair
2003 Long Time Coming [15 Tracks] Jonny Lang
2003 Peace Songs Various Artists
2003 Reflections B.B. King
2003 Stand Jewel
2003 Stand/Leave the Lights On Jewel
2003 Thankful Kelly Clarkson
2003 Thousand Kisses Deep Chris Botti
2003 To Whom It May Concern Lisa Marie Presley
2003 War Child: Hope Various Artists
2003 Weight of the Circumstances Die Happy
2003 While You Can Lucy Woodward
2004 Anxious Disease The Outpatience
2004 At Last...The Duets Album Kenny G
2004 Autobiography Ashlee Simpson
2004 Blue Note Plays Stevie Wonder Various Artists
2004 Blue Skies Diana DeGarmo
2004 Capuccino Mijares
2004 Journey to Eden Dov
2004 Reign [Bonus DVD] Joe Sabolick Band
2004 Saints in the Light Street Called Straight
2004 Shine Meredith Brooks
2004 Soundlight Chagall
2004 Standing at the Edge Casey Stratton
2004 Trios: East River Drive/Schooldays/Live at the Greek Stanley Clarke
2004 Trouble Bonnie McKee
2005 13 Javier GarcÌa
2005 All That I Am Santana
2005 American Made World Played Les Paul & Friends
2005 Black Yankee Rock Chocolate Genius Inc.
2005 Calma Apparente Eros Ramazzotti
2005 Can'tneverdidnothin' Nikka Costa
2005 Chaos and Creation in the Backyard Paul McCartney
2005 Classic Moments Patti LaBelle
2005 Complete Collection and Then Some... [2005 Reissue] Barry Manilow
2005 Dive/Half a Mile Away Debby Holiday
2005 Extraordinary Machine Fiona Apple
2005 Fires Nerina Pallot
2005 Half A Mile Away Debby Holiday
2005 Hope Partlow Hope Partlow
2005 Inside Your Heaven Carrie Underwood
2005 Killer Queen: A Tribute to Queen Various Artists
2005 Pacific Coast Highway Nils
2005 PCD The Pussycat Dolls
2005 Sahra [Bonus Tracks] Cheb Khaled
2005 Seduction [Collectors' Choice] James Last
2005 Taken Radioactive
2005 Tribute to Jeff Revisited David Garfield
2005 Undressing Underwater Rusty Anderson
2005 Viva Jazzanova Various Artists
2005 Who We Are Hope Partlow
2005 Wildflower Sheryl Crow
2005 Windsong/Nightline Randy Crawford
2006 1100 Bel Air Place [Bonus Track] Julio Iglesias
2006 Bleeding Heart Graffiti Nina Gordon
2006 Every Waking Moment Citizen Cope
2006 Freedom Kristy Frank
2006 Life Lessons: The Best of Amy Sky Amy Sky
2006 Live in London Pussycat Dolls
2006 LP Landon Pigg
2006 Mondo Magneto Brian Ray
2006 Motown Two [Bonus Disc] Michael McDonald
2006 Public Affair Jessica Simpson
2006 Secret Life Of... The Veronicas
2006 Stand Still, Look Pretty The Wreckers
2006 Sweetly Broken Various Artists
2006 Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship India.Arie
2006 Vengo Venenoso Antonio Carmona
2006 Viva Carlos: A Supernatural Marathon Celebration Various Artists
2007 Best Damn Thing Avril Lavigne
2007 Bicio Papao Various Artists
2007 Compilation [Kingspin] Various Artists
2007 Don't Get No Better Patrick Lamb & Patsy Meyer
2007 E2 Eros Ramazzotti
2007 Famous Puddle of Mudd
2007 Greatest Hits Sara Evans
2007 Hannah Montana 2/Meet Miley Cyrus Hannah Montana
2007 Hits and Rarities Sheryl Crow
2007 Inside Out Emmy Rossum
2007 Jordin Sparks Jordin Sparks
2007 Keeping You in Mind Emily Saxe
2007 Rise [Bonus Tracks] Herb Alpert
2007 Taking Chances Celine Dion
2007 This Moment Steven Curtis Chapman
2007 Trav'lin' Light Queen Latifah
2008 Bittersweet World Ashlee Simpson
2008 Brasileiro Antonio Carlos Jobim
2008 Breakout Miley Cyrus
2008 Delta Delta Goodrem
2008 Ever Changing Times Steve Lukather
2008 Gavin DeGraw Gavin DeGraw
2008 Randy Jackson's Music Club, Vol. 1 Randy Jackson
2008 Rebel Road Edgar Winter
2008 Safari Jovanotti
2008 Soul Speak Michael McDonald
2008 Stars Mindi Abair
2008 Turn to Stone Becca
2008 The Jazz King: H.M. The King Bumibol Adulyadej Music Compositions Larry Carlton
2008 My Love: The Essential Collection Celine Dion
2008 Les Paul and Friends: Tribute to a Legend Les Paul
2009 The Real Thing Vanessa Williams
2009 The Fame Monster Lady Gaga
2009 Patrizio  Patrizio Buanne
2009 Good Evening New York City Paul McCartney
2009 For Your Entertainment Adam Lambert
2009 Evolucion de Amor Los Temerarios
2009 Cradlesong Rob Thomas
2009 Ali e Radici Eros Ramazzotti
2009 Alas y Raices Eros Ramazzotti
2009 A Fine Mess Kate Voegele
2010 We've All Been There Alex Band
2010 This Way Up Brian Ray
2010 Sinner or a Saint Tamar Kaprelian
2010 Recollection k.d. lang
2010 Everything Comes and Goes Michelle Branch
2010 Clapton Eric Clapton
2010 11;59 Ryan Star
2011 White Heat: 30 Hits Icehouse
2011 Daydream Katherine Jenkins
2011 Ask Tom Fuller Band
2011 Absolute: The Best of Scritti Politti Scritti Politti
2012 Mi Vida Sin Ti Los Temerarios
2012 Emotional Traffic Tim McGraw
2012 Breathless/At Last... The Duets Albums Kenny G
2013 To Be Loved Michael Buble
2013 Old Sock Eric Clapton
2013 New Paul McCartney
2013 It Happens All the Time Megan Hilty
2013 Dani Martin Dani Martin
2013 All That Echoes Josh Groban
2013 21st Century Hits: Best of 2000-2012 Dwight Yoakam
2014 Trouble in Paradise Isabel Rose
2014 The Best of John Doe This Far John Doe
2014 Shine On Sarah McLachlan
2014 Loco de Amor Juanes
2014 Life Journey  Leon Russel
2014 The Art of McCartney Various Artists
2014 4 Album Collection Tim McGraw


  • While recording Driving Rain with Paul McCartney, Abe used a Ludiwg kit of Paul's that was a copy of a kit Ringo Starr played. "It was a beautiful sounding old school drum kit."

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Drum Workshop
Cymbals: Paiste
Hardware: Drum Workshop
Heads: Evans
Sticks: Vic Firth 

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