Jazz chords are chords, chord voicings and chord symbols which are commonly performed by improvising chord-playing performers in jazz music and harmony. In jazz chords and theory, most triads that appear in lead sheets or fake books can have sevenths added to them, using the performer's discretion and "ear". For example, if a tune is in the key of C, if there is a G chord, the chord-playing performer will usually "voice" this chord as G7. While in a strict classical music context, the notes of a G7 chord would be "G-B-D-F", in jazz, the fifth of the chord is often omitted and the root is also often omitted, if playing in a jazz group, since the bassist will play it. By omitting the root and fifth, this gives the improvising chord-playing musician the option to play other notes. As well, if

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  • Jazz chords are chords, chord voicings and chord symbols which are commonly performed by improvising chord-playing performers in jazz music and harmony. In jazz chords and theory, most triads that appear in lead sheets or fake books can have sevenths added to them, using the performer's discretion and "ear". For example, if a tune is in the key of C, if there is a G chord, the chord-playing performer will usually "voice" this chord as G7. While in a strict classical music context, the notes of a G7 chord would be "G-B-D-F", in jazz, the fifth of the chord is often omitted and the root is also often omitted, if playing in a jazz group, since the bassist will play it. By omitting the root and fifth, this gives the improvising chord-playing musician the option to play other notes. As well, if a seventh chord such as G7 appears in a lead sheet or fake book, many chord-playing performers will add the ninth and/or thirteenth to the chord, even though the lead sheet does not specify these additional notes. The reason it is permitted for jazz players to add these additional notes is because these upper notes of a chord–the seventh, ninth, eleventh, and thirteenth–are an important part of the jazz sound. The reason that most lead sheets and fake books do not give detailed instructions on how to voice the chord is because the chords in a lead sheet or fake book are only intended to be a basic guide to the harmony. An experienced "comping" performer playing electric guitar or piano is expected to be able to add the additional notes, using his/her "ear" and good taste. In voicing jazz chords, performers focus first on the seventh and the major or minor third of the chord, with the latter indicating the chord quality, along with added chord extensions (e.g., ninths, elevenths, or thirteenths, even if not indicated in the lead sheet or fake book) to add tone "colour" to the chord. As such, a jazz guitarist or jazz piano player might "voice" a printed G chord with the notes "B-E-F-A", which would be the third, sixth (a.k.a. 13th), seventh, and ninth of the chord. Jazz chord-playing musicians may also add altered chord tones (e.g., b9, #9, #11, b13) and added tones. An example of an altered dominant chord in the key of C, built on a G would be to voice the chord as "B-C#-E-F-Ab"; this would be G7 (b9/#11). (en)
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  • Jazz chords are chords, chord voicings and chord symbols which are commonly performed by improvising chord-playing performers in jazz music and harmony. In jazz chords and theory, most triads that appear in lead sheets or fake books can have sevenths added to them, using the performer's discretion and "ear". For example, if a tune is in the key of C, if there is a G chord, the chord-playing performer will usually "voice" this chord as G7. While in a strict classical music context, the notes of a G7 chord would be "G-B-D-F", in jazz, the fifth of the chord is often omitted and the root is also often omitted, if playing in a jazz group, since the bassist will play it. By omitting the root and fifth, this gives the improvising chord-playing musician the option to play other notes. As well, if (en)
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