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Punk-pop/Simple Plan, Still Not Getting Any . . . (Lava). If you've ever been to a Simple Plan show, you probably have as much trouble accepting the verisimilitude of this album's title as I do. One guesses the band members are getting plenty. But based on this 40-minute collection of tired post-Green Day cliches, they aren't giving very much. If you like the rough edge-less band, you'll like this. If you don't, I doubt you'll change your mind based on this lifeless effort. Review: 1 stars (Out of 4) (Jeff Miers)

Jazz/ Art Tatum, Improvisations performed by pianist Steven Mayer (Naxos). It's part of jazz legend -- and prominent in Steven Mayer's disc notes -- that not only were Duke Ellington and Mary Lou Williams dumbfounded by Art Tatum's piano virtuosity in performance but so, no less, was Vladimir Horowitz. So there's something wonderful about a classical pianist, fresh from his triumph with Charles Ives' Concord Sonata, giving his all to transcriptions of Tatum's astonishing records. Mayer, obviously, can't reproduce Tatum's daredevil "can you believe this?" creativity or headlong rhythmic drive but he's surprisingly cogent getting across the technique and spirit of the piano wonder that was Art Tatum. And a budget price too. Review: 3 stars (Jeff Simon)

Rock/Travis, Singles -- CD and DVD (Epic). A slice of life from this most delicious of the Brit-pop charm school graduates, and a document of their first eight years together. There's a new song, too, and surprise, surprise, it's melodic, haunting, shimmering and eminently classy guitar-based music, produced by Radiohead's buddy Nigel Godrich. That aside, what you get here is the singles as they appeared in their original form, with corresponding videos on the DVD, plus some home movies and live footage. Impossible to dislike. Go ahead, try. Review: 3 stars (J.M.)

Classical/Emmanuel Pahud: Franck, Widor, Strauss, Works for Flute, with Eric le Sage, piano (EMI Classics). CD title aside, two of these works weren't written for flute. Franck's famous Sonata in A is best known in its original version, for violin and piano, and Strauss' sonata, too, was written for piano. Pahud, the principal flutist for the Berlin Philharmonic, makes a great case for performing them on his instrument. His approach is declarative, passionate and convincing. Hearing the Strauss, with its sweeping momentum and bacchanalian piano part, it's impossible not to think of opera. The Widor is richly romantic, showcasing Pahud's dazzling dynamic range, and in the Franck sonata, the flutist shows us the music's more delicate side. A beautiful, irresistible recording. Review: 4 stars -- (M.K.)

Jazz Pop/Peggy Lee, "Black Coffee" (Verve Remastered). Joni Mitchell has never made a secret of her love for it. Disc notater Will Friedwald calls it one of the 10 greatest jazz vocal discs of all time. Argue if you will but this newly remastered disc of Peggy Lee's 1953 masterpiece is, as much as anything (even more than a "Greatest Hits" package) THE Peggy Lee record, the one to have if you're only having one. The pop archetype of "a woman alone with the blues" begins here with Peggy Lee, empress of torch, seductress, hard swinger, and concept album innovator. After listening, you'll know why she wanted to be called "Miss Peggy Lee." Review: 4 stars (J. S.)