Gilberto “Pulpo” Colón Jr. was one of the key figures in Héctor Lavoe’s band who has blessed us with what undoubtedly will be a contender for album of the year. This Latin Jazz/Descarga extravaganza demonstrates that we dont have to rely on the past to hear good music.
- Omar Walker (SalsaPower.com)
A recording like this will probably be overlooked today, though not tomorrow. The greatness of the groove, the explosion of the Puerto Rican/New York style so late in the day will be appreciated in historical terms - you know, a work of genius after the genre had flowered. Going to be hard to bump this from 08’s top ten list.
- Peter Watrous (Descarga.com)
Pulpo’s piano is the proverbial icing on the cake, the pies de resistance. His montunos are the stuff dreams are made of, the very essence of our music.
- Chico Alvarez (WBAI, 99.5FM, NYC)
“Hot Bread” brings Pulpo together with an amazing ensemble of players, creating vivid colors and shapes, while exploring rhythmic possibilities within the boundaries of Latin Jazz and Afro-Caribbean music.
- Rudy Mangual (Editor-in-Chief, Latin Beat Magazine)
Excellent music played by excellent musicians. Pulpo’s artistry, musicianship, and experience shine through on this recording beautifully. Bravo!
- Oscar Hernández (Grammy winning director of Spanish Harlem Orchestra)
Veteran pianist tears it up... A huge DJ Alert for Salsa and Latin Jazz fans alike. A must-have. Not to be missed!
- Bruce Polin (Descarga.com)
A new concept CD from a very talented, latino flavored pianist.
- Larry Harlow (Fania All-Star, Latin Music Pioneer)
"Pulpo’s Hot Bread" es una producción que recurre al ingrediente que está frecuentemente ausente en la industria del jazz latino y la salsa moderna: El Sabor... En esta producción la excelencia es colectiva y se funde para brindarnos un compendio de jazz latino y salsa brava, para el oído, para la pista y para el coleccionista. Esta primera producción como solista confirma que regresó a sus raíces ya que con su nuevo trabajo musical convierte la nostalgia de los buenos discos en esperanza que ya esta disponible en la tienda de discos de su preferencia.
- Robert Padilla (Musicologist, Latin Music Authority)
Pulpo's resume and experience have made him one of the fastest rising pianists of his generation. Under the tutelage of piano luminary Charlie Palmieri, Pulpo quickly learned the essential skills for success in the competitive industry. As a teenager, Pulpo was playing at the epicenter of Salsa's Golden Age while recording & performing with some of the biggest bands in the business including Rafi Val's La Diferente, Pete "Conde" Rodriguez, and Kako's All Stars.
In 1975, Pulpo received his big break and was approached by FANIA All-Star vocalist Héctor Lavoe to be his pianist and musical director. For 16 years, Pulpo recorded and served with Lavoe while they toured throughout the world. In addition, Pulpo is credited for playing with all three of the "Big 3"; The Tito Puente Orchestra, The Tito Rodriguez Orchestra, and the Machito Orchestra.
Pulpo's popularity in all these different circles extends far beyond his musical ability. His warm natured personality and charming sense of humor is described as infectious making him one of the most pleasant pianists to work with. As a result, he is widely considered one of the latin industry's most accomplished pianists.