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Boomkat Product Review:
A very fine double-disc reissue of Gonzales' much beloved 2004 album Solo Piano, bolstering the original audio disc with a healthy supply of video content. The DVD's main feature, Major To Minor is a piano lesson played out as a comedic variety show, including contributions from Feist and, allegedly, someone from Daft Punk in robot guise. If Solo Piano captures Gonzales at his finest as a musician, then perhaps this document finds him at his best as a performer. In this context, all the jokey, over-the-top energy that manifests itself on his non-Solo Piano recordings finds its natural home. Also included is a highly entertaining piano duel between Gonzales and pianist Jean-Francois Zygel, plus a great half-hour concert film, White Gloves, featuring performances of Solo Piano tracks and collaborations with Jamie Lidell, Mocky and Leslie Feist. For those who've not yet heard the Solo Piano album itself, here's a perfect opportunity to find out what everyone raves about. It seemed to spearhead a trend in unaccompanied piano albums, but of all the releases of its ilk from around that time, Gonzales' work remains by far the most enduring and memorable. Residing somewhere within the shaded area of the great classical/jazz Venn diagram, there's something about the Canadian musician's incredibly natural way with melody and phrasing that stamps these recordings with a genuine air of timelessness. The six years since its original release have only confirmed Solo Piano's status as a modern classic, and this revamped, audio-visual reissue makes for a fittingly complete package.