Shorter's recordings have always been best appreciated by the active listener. And Beyond The Sound Barrier is the kind of jazz that would never make it onto any smooth jazz radio station. Shorter begins with a simple melody (from the saxophonist's esoteric influences of Hollywood musicals and classical composition), but the basic tune is challenged, restated and eventually changed into something unrecognizable and inspired. Shorter's saxophone does superhuman things on Beyond The Sound Barrier. Dedicated to quantum physicists and Nikola Tesla, the album tries to break the limitations even an experimental genre like jazz permits. The fact that it's a live recording will blow your mind.