What is this chord?

• May 4, 2024 - 01:37

This is pretty much the standard harmonization of Some Day My Prince Will Come EXCEPT measures 10,14, and 26. I call these the Bill Evans Chords and use them a lot but still don't know what to call them. They are comprised of a diminished 7th in the left hand with a diminished 7th a full step higher in the right hand. They resolve like a dominant or secondary dominant. You get mysterious scales when you try to improvise over them. Really fun to play with.

I can't get mu4 to name them so I have to write them out. Any suggestions?



If you post a picture of the chord I'll tell you what I think (I'm not running MU4).
Or rather (camera does not work in MU4, I think) post a *.musicxml version which I can read in MU3.6

In reply to by cadiz1

Thank you. FWIW, in jazz parlance I would call this Bb7b9#9. From low to high: ab c d g = Bb7 voicing. Lowering the c makes this Bb7b9. Raising the c makes it Bb7b9#9. Both b9 and #9 point to playing the Bbdim scale (bb c c# eb e gb g ab bb) over it. Still the low d does not quite fit in that picture... (clashes with the c#)
EDIT: Or better yet: Change the low ab to its enharmonic g# and the chord becomes E7#9 (3567#9) with no conflicting notes and accomodating the e melody note. This implies the Edim scale (same as Bbdim)

Not all chords have a meaningful name. If you ask five musicians you will get five answers. If you pass those answers to five other musicians and ask them to input the chord you will likely get five more answers.

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