Andy Suzuki: Prime

An intellectual exercise with surprising heart, this vibrant disc by saxophonist Andy Suzuki explores the musical potential of prime numbers-those enigmatic quantities that stubbornly resist division and bedevil middle-school math students everywhere. Tucking these numbers into meter, melody and harmony in mind-bendingly abstract ways, Suzuki ricochets his punchy sax lines off striding trumpet or glides smoothly over chilly electric piano foundations. The concept may be abstruse, but Suzuki’s puzzle boxes are full of joy and hard to resist.