‘Solo Piano II’ (Gentle Threat)
Chilly Gonzales loves to genre-hop, but here he returns to the story of one man and his keys. ‘Solo Piano II’ is an enraptured performance but, unfortunately, it’s not always an engaging one; he spends so much time on his instrument’s right that he could feasibly (and preferably) have featured duets galore. He falls back far too often on samey trilled flourishes, and there’s scant evidence of his traditionally rampant imagination. It’s not moments-free – the skippy playfulness of ‘Evolving Doors’ and ‘Othello’’s tropicality definitely help – but it’s generally too much tinkle, not enough twinkle.