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

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