Recently I bought a 6 string bass and I've been going through Steve Bailey's work. I was disecting A Chick From Corea and now I'm quite stumpted. There is a common phrasing that continuously happens in the song, it's this chord that I cant figure out. It's either a sus4 or add11 chord. The song is in C minor (I'm pretty sure). Here's an example of the chord being used: Cm7-A#(sus4 or add 11)- A#m7- G#(sus4 or add 11). It's used as a stepping stone it seems, kinda like a sus chord. I dont believe the major add 11 chords would be suitable with any modal interchange approaches for I've looked at a few already. The notes of the (A#) chord are A#-A-Eb and the it's the same pattern for the other unknown chords. It seems like a sus4 chord but it has a major 7th which is really throwing me off. I thought sus chords had dominant 7ths. Thanks for the help!!

  • 3
    Sus chords substitute the 4th or 2nd for the 3rd, which is absent. No sus chords have a dom 7th as a rule. Obviously that can be added, but by then, it's more than a mere sus chord . Add 11 is exactly what it says - the 4th (11th) is in addition* to the basic triad. A# is far better known as Bb. Try not to mix # and b - it confuses. -1 for a confusing/confused question.
    – Tim
    Jan 13, 2018 at 21:51
  • So it's a Bbmaj7sus4 chord? No need to be rude, I'm quite young, just trying to wrap my head around something new.
    – MusicMan
    Jan 13, 2018 at 22:26
  • 1
    No rude intentions! If you feel it's so, flag it for the attention of the moderators.
    – Tim
    Jan 14, 2018 at 7:11

1 Answer 1


This seems to be a very specific voicing. And there are only 3 notes, not really enough to firmly define any chord beyond a triad (and this is certainly not a triad!) Considering the next chord is Bbm7, I'm inclined to label it Bbmaj7(sus4). But it's not a very useful label. With just that information, a musician won't play what's needed. So use notation. Chord symbols don't cut it here.


Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.