major seventh chord


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major seventh chord

n
(Music, other) a chord much used in modern music, esp jazz and pop, consisting of a major triad with an added major seventh above the root. Often shortened to: major seventh Compare minor seventh chord
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Harmonies use seventh chords including the major seventh chord. Some more unusual time signatures appear such as 6/8 in "Jazz Nocturne in Bb Major" and mixed meters of 3/4, 4/4, and 5/4 in "With Mixed Emotions." Volume III is the most advanced featuring complex harmonies, chords with four notes in one hand, and lots of syncopation.
The final chord of "Bedtime Story" consists of a tonic [E.sup.b] major seventh chord with a D major seventh chord.
Certain musicians - Billie Holliday, for example - were able to make a major seventh chord paradoxically work as a blues expression.