(I'll work on getting a better picture)

I'm playing as the pianist for a jazz ensemble and Ive encountered a specified rhythm in slash notation, however there are no specified chords.

This is a replication but it looks something like this (this is repeated once more)

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Normally, I would play the specified chords over the slashes however in this particular example there are no chords specified like in other parts of the song, and the last chord notated (a G7) does not seem to work over what the rest of the ensemble is playing. What would be the most appropriate thing to play here?

If it helps, the song is Arnge Drank by Paul Baker

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    This is where ears come in useful. Listen to what is needed, and play appropriately. We can't always have reference to the charts, and sometimes have to use those most useful appendages.
    – Tim
    Commented Oct 30, 2023 at 19:05
  • Are there any chords on the chart at all? If so, the last written chord would be played here. If not, I think it would have to be by ear?
    – Alex Burr
    Commented Nov 7, 2023 at 18:28

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The image comes from m. 193. Looking at the conductor's score, the chords (given above the guitar staff) are Ab7(sus4) and Bb(sus4). When the notation repeats in m. 195, the chords are C7(sus4) and D7(sus4).

"Arnge Drank" mm. 193–196
(Image Source: YouTube)

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    Ah okay, that isn't written in on my part Commented Oct 30, 2023 at 19:40
  • Looks to me like the chords were only written above one part in the score and then not copied into each part. For anybody that wants to know: you can use the Inspector in Sibelius to show chord symbols in parts but not the score. Finale and other notation programs presumably do the same. Commented Nov 7, 2023 at 23:06

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