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I don't know if I'm using the right name for this. What I mean is when you play flat nines, sharp elevens, etc. Look at around 1:36 of this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sgl74UEPoz0

What is the piano player doing while the sax player is doing his alterations? I've heard this sort of phrase in quite a few songs. Also, what are some 'intense' sort of songs that have a lot of alterations?

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I want to say it's "chromaticism"...
 

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It sounds like he's just staying on the same chord, which sounds dominant at first listen. He's ascending the chord tones and playing these notes as his highest voice. Sounds like he's keeping his left hand static, and playing the moving voices in his right hand. It sounds kind of augmented or whole tone -ish, so I'd guess its a dominant chord of some kind with an augmented 5th, but I'm not sure.
 
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