Abraham Laboriel - Guidum

Wednesday 1st February 1995
Abraham Laboriel - Guidum
Abraham Laboriel - Guidum

RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
LABEL: Integrity 08642

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

The greatest bass player in the world recorded with the minimal amount of overdubbing and with a hand picked band (including Justo Almario, saxes; Gregg Mathieson, keyboards; and Abraham Laboriel, drums) emerging with an album which exudes live-in-the-studio fluidity yet never falters in its stunning tightness. As Abraham says in a spoken monologue on the title track the number was written by his father in the Gariduna language as "a lament in the voice of a captive African longing for his beloved." Here it is transformed to an achingly haunting mood piece before the soloists take over. Whatever track one selects one finds more marvellous things. Justin Almario's stunning solo climax on Al Jarreau's "Slippin' And Sliding", the bass maestro's answering melody on the solo of "Exchange", or Abraham's evocative fretless on the title track. A fine jazz album, rich in playing time and richer still in dazzling, laid-back musicianship.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Bamisaye Joseph in nigeria @ 13:42 on Jan 28 2009

i don't know how to desribe this man but laboriel has alway be my menton rise from my infant playing of bass up to this my position. i am a basist as well. i love you and it has always in my dream to see you face to face if only i can have the opportunity. in nigeria here we called our father 'baba' indeed you are my baba.

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