Ever seen a chord progression like: Fmin7-Bb7-Cmaj7? Wouldn’t an Fmin7-Bb7 be a ii-V of Ebmaj7? It would, except this progression is utilizing a chord substitution called a back door dominant.
In this video, I go over what a backdoor dominant is, how it works, and how they function with a little bit of help from the first 4 bars of the jazz standard “Lady Bird.”
Important Links and Resources
If you’re interested in studying jazz standards, and how the harmony works, you may enjoy my eBook “The Jazz Standards Playbook”