This 1975 album by the man believed by many to be the modern titan of the tenor saxophone contains two pieces, "Azalea" and "Cosmet," that are among his best recorded solos of the Seventies. Both have suggestions of the Latin/Caribbean music of which Rollins is the acknowledged jazz master. Nucleus reflects Rollins's career-long dedication to exploring the frontiers of tonal possibility, including varied pitches and textures, all tied to his inexhaustible fund of rhythmic invention. The album also includes a new approach to "My Reverie," a piece Rollins had explored 20 years earlier.
with Raul de Souza, Bennie Maupin, George Duke, David Amaro, Black Bird, Bob Cranshaw, Chuck Rainey, Roy McCurdy, Eddie Moore, Mtume