Benjamin Lapidus is a 36 year-old musician, born in Hershey, Pennsylvania, who spent a childhood resettling some fifteen times before returning to New York at age 14. His cultural Jewish upbringing and family residence in Latin neighborhoods of New York fused these two musical cultures and Herencia Judia is a serious and most ambitious effort that legitimizes the combination.
Lapidus' expertise is featured on the tres, a small three string Spanish guitar. The basis of this album arose from his explorations of a familial and musical Spanish Caribbean connection. In addition to dealing with Jewish communities in Cuba, ...read more
Latin music scholar and Cuban tres master Benjamin Lapidus expands the definition of the new breed of Latin-Jewish music on his new solo disc, Herencia Judia. Lapidus has worked in the past with renowned free jazz masters such as Steve Lacy and Joe McPhee, and took part in other Jewish music projects such as the recent La Mar Enfortuna's Convivencia (Tzadik, 2007) or the collaboration of percussionist Roberto Juan Rodriguez with Algerian pianist Maurice El Medioni, Descarga Oriental (Piranha, 2006). Mainly though, he has focused on leading his Latin-jazz quartet Sonido Isleno and performing and recording with other notable musicians ...read more