Re: Abe Laboriel jr.
To me Abe Laboriel Jr. is the only "young" drummer who continues the tradition of the studio greats like JR, Ferrone, Vinnie or Gadd today. He follows the same path. He's got prestige gigs like Sting or McCartney, does tons of sessions in the rock world and regularly plays on jazz records whilst playing live at the same time.
Great drummers like Aronoff, Pelton or Freese are much less active on the jazz scene for instance. Abe does it all.
If you have the chance to find a copy of his father's second solo album "Guidum" just get it. It features Justo Almario on sax and Greg Mathieson on keys. Amazing and brilliant contemporary jazz with a touch of funk. A must have. Abe Jr. grooves like crazy.
In a completely different style, check him out (together withCurt Bisquera) on John Sykes' "Loveland". Sykes was the guitar player for Tygers of Pan Tang, Whitesnake and Thin LIzzy. This album only contains ballads. Both Bisquera and Abe Jr. deliver tasteful performences.