New Recording: Andy González, “Entre Colegas”

I am truly honored to have participated in Andy González’s new CD, Entre Colegas. The CD features a who’s who of great musicians. I played guitar, tres, sang coro (background vocals), and wrote the liner notes for the CD. You can hear the music and see a behind-the-scenes promotional video[…]

New Book Chapter

I am very excited to share the news that the book, Mazal Tov, Amigos!: Jews and Popular Music (edited by Amalia Ran and Moshe Morad) has been published by Brill. You can see my article “¡Toca maravilloso! Larry Harlow and the Jewish Connection to Latin music” here: 9789004184473_08-Lapidus-2.

Juanito Márquez Lecture at FIU

On April 29, I gave a presentation on Juanito Márquez’s musical career as part of the Cuban Research Institute at Florida International University. Here is a Juanito Márquez to watch the presentation.

El Show de Jacky

On May 15, 2015, “El Show de Jacky” profiled Papasito Restaurant. The trio featuring myself, Wilmer Vega, and Jennifer Vincent can be seen at the 2:55 marking of this video clip.

Oliver Arditi’s Review of Ochosi Blues 1/22/15

Music writer Oliver Arditi wrote a fantastic review of Ochosi Blues, saying “Lapidus is an electrifying and tasteful guitarist and tresero, with master accompanists, and a clear artistic vision, which is realised on Ochosi Blues with rare coherence and a compelling, earthy power.” Click on his name to read the[…]

Another great review

Nelson Rodríguez gave an enthusiastic review of Ochosi Blues for Herencia Latina, writing: “There is nothing better than concept recordings and guitarist Benjamin Lapidus (Sonido Isleño) & Kari-B3 in their salute to the Hammond B3 Organ and Ben’s love for the instrument.” Click the link for the full review.