I came across a lead sheet for a jazz tune ("Haunted Ballroom" by Victor Feldman) in which the following chord symbols appear:
Dbmaj7 Eb7b9 Abmaj7
I am an amateur jazz saxophonist and a not so great pianist but was trying to plunk out the chords in the left hand and melody in the right. I could not find any voicing/voice leading that sounded like a natural default and would include the♭9. If there are any jazzers out there who are fluent in piano, what would be your natural voicing when comping here? Would you just take the b9 as info for the soloist that they should play a diminished scale here, mixing in the sound of the parallel minor? Or would you play the b9 as an audible signal to the soloist that they should play that note? Would you play a voicing with an A♮ (the ♯11), rather than the 5? If you were playing solo, would you want to layout the 4-5-1 bass line, and therefore not voice the♭9?