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Gonzales (also known as Chilly Gonzales) is an MC-meets-keyboarding-producer-meets-singer-extraordinaire. At a young age, Gonzales was introduced to the piano by his parents and overachieving brother. Using the instrument as an avenue of self-expression, he quickly advanced into the production realm. Through his Hollywood-based older brother, Gonzales wrote music for soundtracks under various aliases. Though born in Canada, the artist took up residence in Europe, mainly in Germany or France, just after signing to Kitty-Yo. Known for his often comical live shows complete with MCing, Gonzales branched off into singing with Kitty-Yo labelmate Peaches in 2000 for the single "Red Leather." His debut full-length, 2000's Gonzales Uber Alles, was followed later that year by The Entertainist. Touring and collaborating with Peaches brought both artists more renown, with the press nicknaming the duo the Bonnie and Clyde of Prankster Rap. Gonzales stepped back into the studio and recorded 2002's Presidential Suite, but moved from Berlin to Paris during 2003 and inaugurated a co-production relationship with Renaud Letang (Manu Chao). He was also instrumental in the production of Feist's award-winning Let It Die, having toured with her and recorded songs from an early demo stage. Gonzales and Letang also recorded with French pop royalty, including Jane Birkin (her 2004 duets album Rendez-Vous) and Charles Aznavour (sessions eventually canceled by Aznavour), as well as Christophe Willem. When Gonzales returned to his own career in 2005, he issued what was easily the most distinctive record of his career, Solo Piano, which found him performing 16 themes (for left-hand accompaniment and right-hand melody) and asserting the influence of French impressionists Erik Satie and Maurice Ravel. In 2008, he released an album on Mercury titled Soft Power, an album of assured piano-led pop that channeled the production gloss of '70s and '80s pop/rock. Two years later, after piano battles with Andrew W.K. and a stint with the German rap group Puppetmastaz, and setting a Guinness world record for the longest solo piano performance in history (27 hours), he recorded Ivory Tower, the soundtrack to a film he co-wrote with Céline Sciamma, directed by Puppetmastaz's Adam Traynor. The film included appearances by Gonzales, Peaches, Feist, and Tiga (the latter of whom played Gonzales' brother in the film). Gonzales has also popped up on several albums by Jamie Lidell. A second volume of solo piano, appropriately titled Solo Piano II, followed in 2012. More piano material arrived in 2014, in the form of Re-Introduction Etudes, an album and book of basic piano instruction designed for novice players who gave piano up and were looking to return to the instrument. In 2015, Gonzales released Chambers, an album recorded in tandem with the Kaiser Quartett that took the melodic structures of contemporary pop and translated them to the style of chamber music. ~ Diana Potts
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  2.   Love Scene by Chilly Gonzales
  3.   Unrequited Love
  4.   1000 Faces feat. Taylor Savvy & Max Turner
  5.   Armellodie
  6.   You Are by Chilly Gonzales
  7.   Dot
  8.   Mi corazón hace tic-tac
  9.   Working Together
  10.   Salon Salloon
  11.   Modalisa
  12.   Oregano
  13.   Fortunately, Unfortunately
  14.   Cover Him With Love by Chilly Gonzales
  15.   Home Movies
  16.   Bermuda Triangle
  17.   Gonna Get off Right Away
  18.   Chilly in D Minor by Chilly Gonzales
  19.   Why Don't We Disappear? by Chilly Gonzales
  20.   Let's Groove Again by Chilly Gonzales
  21.   The Worst MC by Chilly Gonzales
  22.   Real Motherf***in' Music by Chilly Gonzales
  23.   Insanity
  24.   Supervilain Music by Chilly Gonzales
  25.   Shut Up and Play the Piano by Chilly Gonzales
  26.   Party In My Mind by Chilly Gonzales
  27.   Bongo Monologue by Chilly Gonzales
  28.   Beans by Chilly Gonzales
  29.   Knight Moves
  30.   Cucurrucucú Paloma
  31.   I Am Europe
  32.   Love Scene/Higher Than You
  33.   Map of the World
  34.   Slow Down
  35.   CM Blues
  36.   The Tourist
  37.   Meischeid
  38.   Take Me to Broadway
  39.   You Snooze You Lose
  40.   You Are featuring Sticky
  41.   Let's Groove Again
  42.   Gogol
  43.   Return of the Sugar Plum Fairy
  44.   Chilly in F Minor
  45.   Let's Ride
  46.   C Major
  47.   Chilly in F Minor by Chilly Gonzales
  48.   Feedom
  49.   Overnight
  50.   Paristocrats
  51.   Walked for Hours by Chilly Gonzales
  52.   The Worst MC
  53.   Apology
  54.   Theme from In-Between
  55.   Different Kind of Prostitute by Chilly Gonzales
  56.   Singing Something
  57.   Variations on a Scheme
  58.   Gentle Threat
  59.   One Note at a Time
  60.   Concerto in E Minor
  61.   Gringo Star by Chilly Gonzales
  62.   Who Want To Hear This? by Chilly Gonzales
  63.   Rap Race by Chilly Gonzales
  64.   Chilly in B Minor by Chilly Gonzales
  65.   Clarinets by Chilly Gonzales
  66.   Dans Tes Yeux
  67.   Self Portrait by Chilly Gonzales
  68.   Manifesto
  69.   Basmati
  70.   Past Your Bedtime
  71.   Carnivalse
  72.   Erotobot by Chilly Gonzales
  73.   Decisions

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