Abraham Laboriel Jr., Abraham Laboriel Sr., Michael Landau and Greg Mathieson collectively form the supergroup The Jazz Ministry. When four of LA’s most in-demand studio musicians recently hung-out at Drum Channel studios we were able to capture a day full of incredible music, stories and experiences.
Abe Laboriel Sr. has played on over 4,000 recordings and soundtracks. Guitar Player magazine called him “the most widely used session bassist of our time” and he is ranked No. 42 on Bass Player magazine’s list of “The 100 Greatest Bass Players of All Time”. Abe Sr. has worked with Al Jarreau, George Benson, Don Felder, Andraé Crouch, Andy Summers, Barbra Streisand, Billy Cobham, Chris Isaak, Christopher Cross, Dave Grusin, Dolly Parton, Donald Fagen, Elton John, Freddie Hubbard, Hanson, Herb Alpert, Herbie Hancock, Johnny Hallyday, Lalo Schifrin, Larry Carlton, Lee Ritenour, Leo Sayer, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Paul Simon, Quincy Jones, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, and many more.
Michael Landau is an American musician, engineer, and record producer. He is a prolific session musician and guitarist who has played on a large number of albums since the early 1980s with artists as varied as Boz Scaggs, Joni Mitchell, Seal, Michael Jackson, James Taylor, Richard Marx, Steve Perry, Pink Floyd, Roger Daltrey, Glenn Frey, and Miles Davis along with fellow session guitarists Dean Parks, Steve Lukather, Michael Thompson and Dann Huff.
A fixture in Paul McCartney’s band since 2001, Abe Laboriel Jr. was mentored by drummers Jeff Porcaro, Chester Thompson, Bill Maxwell and Alex Acuña in his youth and later attended and graduated from the Berklee School of Music. Abe Jr’s first big break was a tour with guitarist Steve Vai. He then toured with Seal which led to session work back in Los Angeles, where he has recorded and performed with Shakira, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Ashlee Simpson, LeAnn Rimes, Mylène Farmer, Kelly Clarkson, Lady Gaga, Tyler Bryant, Steve Lukather, Michael Landau and others. He made his live debut with Paul McCartney in 2001 and has played on every McCartney tour since then.
Greg Mathieson is a jazz-rock keyboardist and Los Angeles session performer. Since starting his studio career in the late 1970’s, Greg has recorded with Ringo Starr, Diana Ross, The Commodores, David Foster, Quincy Jones, Lee Ritenour, Queen Latifah, Steve Lukather, Tina Turner, Al Jarreau, Larry Carlton, Manhattan Transfer, Sheena Easton, Donna Summer, Chicago, Deniece Willams and others.