i have a lead sheet that lists a db9 chord.

this is confusing to me.
is this a d flat nine chord,
or a d chord with a flat nine?

what is the proper way to write these 2 chords?

here are my 2 versions:
1. d flat nine chord -  db9

2. d chord with a flat nine -  d-9 not db9

the chord progression is from autum leaves,
measure 28.
here is the progression as written for measure 27 and 28 and 29:

|em7 eb9 | dm7 db9 | cmaj7 |

i also noticed the same problem with measure 27
and the eb9.

please help with this confusion
There are 2 comments, leave a comment.
the chords are d flat 9 and e flat 9.  typically a lead sheet will use parentheses,i.e. db(b9), to avoid confusion in the other possible case.
ziggy is exactly correct in his assessment of these chords. sometimes it does get confusing especially if you are playing and of necessity reading the chart. all i want to add is that there was one big clue (often there is), the progression was descending chromatically from the e to the c. i hope that i have not muddied the waters as i sometimes do.
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