The #15 record on Q's Top 20 Albums of 2012 is from a self-described musical genius, a man whose relationship with the piano could almost be described as symbiotic. Chilly Gonzales is proficient and prolific in composing for that instrument, but he's just as keen on entertaining with it... he often brings a lusty battle-royal approach worthy of a gladiator to the act of performing. And he's also a gifted songwriter, producer and rapper who has fearlessly explored a variety of genres, from soft-rock and disco to hip-hop and soundtrack epics. This year his focus returned to composing and performing solo on the piano - bringing the vitality, humour, pathos, and beauty of the instrument to a host of new listeners, and injecting life into the tradition of solo piano. Chilly Gonzales' Solo Piano II is #15 on Q's Top 20 Albums of 2012.