Adolphe Sax, the Belgian-French instrument designer of the saxophone family of instruments, was born on this day in 1814. There are nine instruments in the saxophone family, but four, the soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone, account for nearly all the instruments you’ll find today. The saxophone is most frequently used in jazz and rock settings. John Coltrane is considered to be one of the greatest jazz sax players, and in 1961 he released the album My Favorite Things, on which he played the soprano sax. The title track is a modal interpretation of the Rodgers and Hammerstein song, with extended solos by Coltrane and pianist McCoy Tyner.