Beyond the Sound Barrier

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Beyond the Sound Barrier
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Live album by Wayne Shorter
Released 2005 (2005)
Recorded 2002–04
Genre Jazz
Label Verve
Wayne Shorter chronology
Beyond the Sound Barrier
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Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]

Beyond the Sound Barrier is a live album by saxophonist Wayne Shorter released on Verve Records in 2005.


The album was recorded in Europe, America, and Asia and features the 'Footprints Quartet' of Shorter, Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, and Brian Blade. Beyond the Sound Barrier received the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Jazz Album.

Two pieces, "Joy Ryder" and "Over Shadow Hill Way", are markedly different versions of tunes featured on Shorter's synth-heavy electronic album from 1988, Joy Ryder.

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Wayne Shorter except where noted.

  1. "Smilin' Through" (Penn) – 11:52
  2. "As Far as the Eye Can See" – 6:27
  3. "On Wings of Song" (Mendelssohn) – 4:35
  4. "Tinker Bell" – 1:59
  5. "Joy Ryder" – 11:19
  6. "Over Shadow Hill Way" – 12:33
  7. "Adventures Aboard the Golden Mean" – 6:03
  8. "Beyond the Sound Barrier" – 6:24