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Excerpted from moderndrummer.com
Laboriel is a self-admitted workaholic. But when you ask him what the down sides to that disease are, he says with a laugh and a sparkle in his eyes, "I haven't found any yet." Abe does concede, though, that he could use a vacation, having not taken one in about five years. But a career in music is what he's chosen, and it seems that it all just gets better and better.
Abe's father, session master bassist Abraham Laboriel Sr., has worked with a mind-blowing list of artists and accompanied most of the great drummers of the past several decades. In turn, he infused his son with a respect and love for music--not to mention opportunities that could not be bought.
Abe Jr. began messing around on the drums at age four, and by ten he was taking lessons from drumming great Alex Acuña. Naturally, Abe was also able to watch his father's sessions in action. During his junior year in high school, he attended the now defunct Dick Grove School of Music, where he studied with Peter Donald. In 1989, his last year of high school, Abe had progressed to such a degree that he was honored by the National Foundation For The Advancement Of The Arts and Down Beat magazine.
|Abe Laboriel Jr. (SAL)
Long and thick for plenty of power. Gradual taper delivers great rebound and overall feel.
L = 17" | Dia. = .630" [enlarge photo]