|Sax with sax|
On this day in 1846, a Belgian inventor and musician named Adolphe Sax received a patent for his latest musical instrument.
He called it the saxophone.
Other Sax creations -- the saxotromba, the saxhorn and the saxtuba -- never really caught on.
But the saxophone did. And below are three major reasons I'm glad Sax invented this essential instrument.
1 "Harlem Nocturne." My favorite version is that by The Viscounts, a crime-jazz, noir-rock classic that was a hit in 1959.
2) "A Love Supreme" by John Coltrane
And, of course, New Mexico's own late great Al Hurricane with "Mi Saxophone."