Though his famous McDonald’s residency drew to a close in 2013 —following a renovation the piano was removed— Shapiro returned to his solo piano style with Piano 3 (2016). The opening track, the Cocteau Twins-inspired Royal Purple, conveys a rich serenity and an almost stillness in Ambient calm which pervades the album. The 12 pieces include new compositions alongside some of Shapiro’s favorites from his catalog of music written for theater and film.  --Mark Prendergast