Nucleus (Sonny Rollins album)

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Studio album by Sonny Rollins
Released 1975
Recorded September 2–5, 1975
Genre Jazz
Length 41:02
Label Milestone
Producer Orrin Keepnews
Sonny Rollins chronology
The Cutting Edge
The Way I Feel

Nucleus is an album by jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins, released on the Milestone label in 1975, featuring performances by Rollins with George Duke, Raul de Souza, Bennie Maupin, Chuck Rainey, Eddie Moore, Mtume, Bob Cranshaw and Roy McCurdy.[1] It was recorded at Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA, on September 2–5, 1975.


The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow states: "This funky date has its moments (including an updated version of "My Reverie") but falls far short of hinting at any new innovations."[2] Music critic Robert Christgau praised the album, writing: "This is as rich an r&b saxophone record as I know, combining repetition and invention, melodies recalled and melodies unimaginable, in proportions that define the difference between selling out and reaching out.... If you really believe you don't like 'jazz,' this is as good a place to start as any."[3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau (A-) [3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Sonny Rollins except as indicated.

  1. "Lucille" - 6:08
  2. "Gwaligo" - 5:58
  3. "Are You Ready?" - 4:08
  4. "Azalea" - 4:46
  5. "Newkleus" (James Mtume) - 5:17
  6. "Cosmet" - 7:20
  7. "My Reverie" (Larry Clinton, based on Claude Debussy's "Reverie") - 7:39



  1. ^ Sonny Rollins discography, accessed September 28, 2009.
  2. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. "Nucleus > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved June 26, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Christgau, Robert. "Nucleus > Review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved June 26, 2011.