Cadence (music) - Jazz


In jazz a cadence is often referred to as a turnaround, chord progressions that lead back and resolve to the tonic. These include the ii-V-I turnaround and its variation the backdoor progression, though all turnarounds may be used at any point and not solely before the tonic.

Half-step cadences are "common in jazz" if not "cliché." For example, the ascending diminished seventh chord half-step cadence which, using a secondary diminished seventh chord, may be used to create momentum between two chords a major second apart (with the diminished seventh in between). The descending diminished seventh chord half-step cadence is assisted by two common tones.

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