Sonny Rollins is said to be the "Last jazz giant,": Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Art Blakey, were his mentors or partners – and he has chosen to face up to his age. He’s got his afro hairstyle again, but now naturally grey and blurry. He’s clearly suffering from arthritis, moving slowly and bending forwards. He told the Nice Matin before the concert that he still spends hours practising each day, trying to become a better player.
His show at Juan was outstanding: he ran through a series of new and old pieces, gave plenty of time to his excellent band to play solos, and gave us all that wondrous sensitivity with which he expresses himself.