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  • Audio CD (27 Aug. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Gentle Threat
  • ASIN: B0087WRGL4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,814 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. White Keys
2. Kenaston
3. Minor Fantasy
4. Escher
5. Rideaux Lunaires
6. Nero s Nocturne
7. Venetian Blinds
8. Evolving Doors
9. Epigram In E
10. Othello
11. Train Of Thought
12. Wintermezzo
13. La Bulle
14. Papa Gavotte

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Solo Piano II is the follow-up to Chilly Gonzales' Solo Piano I and comprises 14 pieces of piano music by the consumate entertainer, each showcasing his various talents, most notably his jazz piano background. The album was recorded over ten days in Paris' Studio Pigalle.

BBC Review

Though he’s best known for his mischievous, multiple redefinitions of hip hop – including his last release (The Unspeakable…) which, he claimed, was the world’s first orchestral rap album – Chilly Gonzales is far from the wag he sometimes likes to portray himself as. An erudite, articulate Canadian who started teaching himself piano at the age of three, he simultaneously baffled and beguiled fans in equal measure with his first album of piano solos in 2004, and this collection looks set to do the same.

Often compared to Erik Satie, Gonzales’ compositions provide a welcome respite from everyday noise, showing a sophisticated ear for melody despite their initial emergence from improvisation. This second volume, recorded over 10 days in Paris’ Studio Pigalle, owes a smaller debt to Satie, though there are times – Rideaux Lunaires, for instance – when the influence of the subdued but mellifluous tones of the Frenchman’s famous Gymnopédies can be recognised.

Most of Solo Piano II, however, is a little more upbeat, full of playful flourishes and hints of Gonzales’ jazz background. White Keys is summery and whimsical, though the melody in the higher registers is carefully undermined by a moody retreat to lower keys halfway through. Minor Fantasy, meanwhile, brings to mind images of elegant, high-ceilinged drawing rooms and tuxedos, and Evolving Doors could almost be Chopin at his most cheerful. Othello is also sweepingly romantic, full of gentle trills and gentle runs; but even this can’t stop Gonzales from puncturing the atmosphere after two minutes with a slap of the instrument’s woodwork.

Most of all, the pleasure of Solo Piano II can be summarised by a sentence included in the liner notes to the first volume: “Although they say the piano can create the most colours of any instrument, it is actually black and white, much like an old silent movie.” This set is a welcome throwback to simpler, gentler times. It breaks no rules, but these days, coming from a star of so-called ‘alternative’ music, this is arguably as revolutionary as it gets.

--Daryl Easlea

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Mitchell on 31 Dec. 2012
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I was lucky enough to see Gonzales play at the Barbican recently. It was a quite stunning performance highlighting the absolute genius of the man. As an entertainer, an educator, a piano player of rare talent, a rap artist and more, it was a show of such exceptional quality. Solo piano 2 follows on from the superb Solo piano 1. It would be impossible, I feel, to not be impressed with the tunes on this collection. If you like the sound of a piano playing then you will be impressed and inspired by the talented meanderings up and down the piano keys that Gonzales demonstrates on this set. My own favourite would have to be Othello but all the tracks here are quality of the highest order. If you know Gonzales then you will love it. If you do not know of the man then this will be a worthwhile purchase and I would place any bet that you will be a convert before the album has played through. And if you get the chance, see the man live in concert. Just inspirational. And once you have sampled the man as a piano player then delve into his other albums where his rapping artistry is highlighted. Amazing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. I. S. Berra on 22 Jan. 2013
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Gonzales surprise us again with a new delivery of his non-electric face. Virtuosism at piano, solid composition and enchanting melodies, but it's not as good as the first part. It's a very enjoyable record indeed.
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A really nice chilled album - Sunday morning (or late night Saturday) listening - pared down and peaceful. I love it. Would certainly recommend this album.
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