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    Default Cheesecake by Dexter Gordon

    Does anyone here have/know the changes to this great song? Does anyone have an arrangement? I'd like to learn how to play it with my combo.

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    Default Dexter

    I do not know the changes but man it is a great tune. Do you have the CD GO by Dexter? If not... go get it.

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    It's in the 2nd Real Book and also in the Dexter Gordon 22 solos book . Send me a PM if you can't find it.Great tune

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    Get the record and transcribe them. Otherwise, it pretty much stays around D minor (for tenor) then has a descending II-V thing in the bridge, starting on the II-V of G.
    I think it goes A- D7| G- C7 |F- Bb7 | E- A7|| or something like that. Its not too hard to hear.

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    How do you learn how to transcribe? There must be a howto somewhere to help with the process?
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    It's one of the free samples on www.saxsolos.com.
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    Default cheesecake

    Yes, I have GO by Dexter. One of my favorite CDs of all time. What other Dexter CDs do you guys like?

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    Quote Originally Posted by decade
    How do you learn how to transcribe? There must be a howto somewhere to help with the process?
    1) Start with easy tunes.
    2) Try to pick the root movement then go for the quality of the chord.
    3) Remember that it will often be ambiguous, especially with V7 chords (ie: what is the exact voicing and what extensions are being used).

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    Quote Originally Posted by fballatore
    It's one of the free samples on www.saxsolos.com.
    I just get a blank page . No Cake !
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobsax
    I just get a blank page . No Cake !
    You can't have your cake and eat it too...
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    Quote Originally Posted by decade
    How do you learn how to transcribe? There must be a howto somewhere to help with the process?

    I'd really recommend taking a few lessons if you want to learn to transcribe. It can be really difficult and having someone there who has big enough ears to check your transcription and show you where you are getting off will save you tons of frustration.

    When you do start, make sure you start realistically and pick a song that you think you can realistically figure out and play. I've gotten into hot water several times by trying to transcribe a solo that is above my level, like when I transcribed Mark Turner's solo on 26-2. I figured it all out but I could barely play in altissimo and he went up to alt C in a bebop line. I transcribed it but couldn't play it.

    Start with simple tunes like somebody said and pick some simple solos or sections of solos by players you like. This will help you stay interested enough to do the work.

    Oh and for figuring out the changes do what Benny said.

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    Default Re: Cheesecake by Dexter Gordon

    Just fell into this discussion, many years late, while looking for changes to Cheese Cake. The bass player in my band recently turned me on to what I consider is an amazing website: JazzAdvice.com. From there, you can download software called "Transcript", which will open sound files and allow you to slow the music down without changing the key. I wish I had better sound quality from my computer, but it still makes copping tunes and licks off records much easier. Also, you can change the key in which the tune is played without changing speed. A section, or even one note, can be looped. Site includes many articles offering solid, practical strategies on learning the skills required to improvise well.

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    Default Re: Cheesecake by Dexter Gordon

    I looked at and subscribed to the Jazz Advice site but my first impression is too much talk.
    Don't try and analyze everything .
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    Default Re: Cheesecake by Dexter Gordon

    Seems the link I posted didn't work...let's try this- Cheesecake.jpg

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