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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.   Oregano
  3.   Knight Moves
  4.   Unrequited Love
  5.   Supervilain Music by Chilly Gonzales
  6.   Apology
  7.   The Worst MC by Chilly Gonzales
  8.   Insanity
  9.   Cucurucucu paloma
  10.   Gonna Get off Right Away
  11.   Erotobot by Chilly Gonzales
  12.   You Are by Chilly Gonzales
  13.   Love Scene by Chilly Gonzales
  14.   Clarinets by Chilly Gonzales
  15.   Chilly in B Minor by Chilly Gonzales
  16.   1000 Faces feat. Taylor Savvy & Max Turner
  17.   Who Want To Hear This? by Chilly Gonzales
  18.   Shut Up and Play the Piano by Chilly Gonzales
  19.   Rap Race by Chilly Gonzales
  20.   Party In My Mind by Chilly Gonzales
  21.   Beans by Chilly Gonzales
  22.   I Am Europe
  23.   Dans Tes Yeux
  24.   Singing Something
  25.   Theme from In-Between
  26.   Slow Down
  27.   Working Together
  28.   Return of the Sugar Plum Fairy
  29.   One Note at a Time
  30.   CM Blues
  31.   Basmati
  32.   Salon Salloon
  33.   Dot
  34.   Manifesto
  35.   Take Me to Broadway
  36.   You Snooze You Lose
  37.   Let's Groove Again
  38.   The Worst MC
  39.   Bongo Monologue by Chilly Gonzales
  40.   Why Don't We Disappear? by Chilly Gonzales
  41.   Chilly in D Minor by Chilly Gonzales
  42.   Paristocrats
  43.   Walked for Hours by Chilly Gonzales
  44.   Let's Ride
  45.   Chilly in F Minor by Chilly Gonzales
  46.   Gogol
  47.   Feedom
  48.   Gentle Threat
  49.   Let's Groove Again by Chilly Gonzales
  50.   Concerto in E Minor
  51.   Cover Him With Love by Chilly Gonzales
  52.   Home Movies
  53.   Chilly in F Minor
  54.   Decisions
  55.   Fortunately, Unfortunately
  56.   Carnivalse
  57.   Map of the World
  58.   Modalisa
  59.   Real Motherf***in' Music by Chilly Gonzales
  60.   Meischeid
  61.   Past Your Bedtime
  62.   You Are featuring Sticky
  63.   Variations on a Scheme
  64.   Different Kind of Prostitute by Chilly Gonzales
  65.   Mi corazon hace tic-tac
  66.   Bermuda Triangle
  67.   Overnight
  68.   Armellodie
  69.   C Major
  70.   Gringo Star by Chilly Gonzales
  71.   The Tourist
  72.   Love Scene/Higher Than You
  73.   Self Portrait by Chilly Gonzales

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