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

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