In December 2011, Chilly Gonzales moved his piano into Paris' Studio Pigalle.
There, alone for 10 days, he recorded a handful of songs that had made the short list
from a hundred or so melodies written over the eight years that had passed since the
release of the now iconic SoloPiano
Hour upon hour, the purest and most
microscopic process of recording took
place. Chilly Gonzales played all the
songs over and over and over again,
until each one's essence had been
captured. After years of entertaining
with his larger than life musical
persona and challenging all artists to
work tirelessly to achieve excellence
out of respect for their fans, Chilly
Gonzales brings us perhaps his most
powerful argument of all, the 14 pieces of Solo Piano II
The self-proclaimed musical genius has traveled quite a road to Solo Piano II. Producing
Grammy-nominated albums and breaking a Guinness world record jump-started a period
during which Chilly Gonzales returned to the stage after several years behind a studio
console working for others. With his own albums and supporting tours, Chilly drew
attention to his versatility as a performer and to his virtuosity as a pianist. Rare is the
artist that can make people dance to the trendiest electronic beats and then turn a
symphonic orchestra into a back-up band for a rap concert.
At the same time, Chilly became the "go to guy" for piano compositions with Drake, Feist,
Daft Punk and even the late Steve Jobs, all calling upon him.
But that was then, and Solo Piano II
Indeed, it is the mark of a true entertainer to recognize that time when the greatest
respect one can show his fans, is, as Chilly himself noted on his 2011 release The
Unspeakable Chilly Gonzales
, to simply "shut up and play the piano."
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