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

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