"Christmas - Plain & Simple II."
Sequels can be a little dangerous, but this one is a knock-out! Like the first album, "II" is solo piano and has fifteen tracks - five originals and ten traditional Christmas songs. McLaughlin's arrangements are distinctive and compelling, but not so different that they will spoil the enjoyment for traditionalists who don't like their Christmas music "messed with" too much. Most of the songs are on the contemplative side, but there are a few upbeat toe-tappers as well. Most also contain improvised passages that make the interpretations even more personal and unique.
SHOP: Michele McLaughlin