Thursday, June 28, 2018

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Thanks, Mr. Sax

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."



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