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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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Gonzales

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

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