Please remember – there are a lot of online websites selling musical arrangements. It’s a fact that anyone of any ability can write what they claim to be good charts with computer programs such as Finale TM and Sibelius TM. However, though they may look good most of the time they really are not. As a musical director myself working on cruise ships, I have to say that band calls are always much longer than they need to be due to incorrect or badly amended charts. Below you can read what several top musicians/artistes think of my own band charts.
“Having known Andy a long time and played his band charts on multi occasions I can say that his musicianship, perfectionism and knowledge make for arrangements that are clearly far superior to anything else you maybe happen to find anywhere online”. Dave Bintley (piano/Musical Director UK)
“Not being the most organised of people, I am someone who usually decides she needs a new song in her show yesterday and Andy Davidson is great at producing exactly what you want and getting it to you, in super fast time. He knows first hand what is expected by a cruise orchestra chart-wise which makes my role of guest entertainer so much easier”. Maxine Mazumder (UK & International Dusty Springfield & Lulu tribute artiste).
“Andy Davidson is a consummate professional who has many years of experience performing with some of the best entertainers in the industry. As such he is uniquely qualified as an arranger and Musical Director. Your money will be well spent purchasing arrangements from go-charts! I am impressed with just how large a sound he is able to attain with the voicing of a small horn section. Big Band quality out of a 4 horn frontline! Do not settle for less than the best – go-charts is the way to go!” Larry Meregillano (US) (Pro Trumpet Player & Author)
“Proper parts, arranged by someone who knows what they are doing which in turn makes them good to play”. Alex Moore (UK sight-reading bass player)
“A great service from a brilliant musician. Andy takes on ideas and transforms them into some of the best arrangements that I have in my shows!” Michael Grant, UK & International Multi-instrumentalist. http://www.piha-international-entertainment.com/featured-musicians/headliner- cabaret/michael-grant
One of the challenges as a sideman and particularly on ships is you never know what kind of charts/arrangements you’ll be playing. Unfortunately most of them are poorly written. So, whenever you get an “Andy Davidson” chart you breathe a sigh of relief, knowing that it will play down the first time and sound fantastic! Alex Bates (US) Professional Cruise Ship Trombonist
“Hey Andy, thanks so much for the charts! I know there are a few more to go but I just wanted to say they went down a storm!” Claire Kirkham (UK) (Vocalist, The Memphis Belles)
“Andy’s charts are excellent-he is very skilful in his abilities to accurately transcribe and/or tastefully orchestrate. His passion for what he does combined with his attention to detail make for a clear, concise, fun-to- play product”. Tom Dostal (US) (Pro Drummer)
“Thank you again for doing a great job especially with such short notice, the guys said the charts were spot on xx” Sue Howell (firstname.lastname@example.org)
“Go-Charts.com has been a blessing for my show! The speed of the work and accessibility of the website have helped me develop a wonderful repertoire. With easy to read charts for my musicians, I know I can count on Go-Charts.com to provide me with music that will sound good no matter what! Thank you again for helping me build my show. I couldn’t have done it with out you!” – Clarissa Spiller, Vocalist, Los Angeles, US. https://twitter.com/clarissaspiller.
Excellent charts!! Very clear and easy to follow.
As a professional drummer I get new music to play on a daily basis, and it’s hard to find charts as well written as yours. Whenever artists show up with your arrangements I feel that I can play my best. Natalio Staiti (Argentina) Pro Cruise Ship Orchestra Drummer
“Thank you so much Andy for this amazing arrangement (and for getting it to me so fast ). It is better than I had even imagined it would be and I just LOVE singing it. Makes me want to have all my old ones re-written by you Two of the other guest entertainers came up to me after the show and asked me about it and Im sure they will be checking you out very soon. Looking forward to the next one. Keep up the great work!” Nikki Bennett (Aus) (InternationalVocalist)
“A1 dots, excellent for a reading guitarist, clearly written with much pride and knowledge of how a guitar functions. Accurate and easy to read, with just the right amount of information given”. Ian Blackburn (UK) (Pro Guitarist)
“AMAZING online charts!!!!! so glad i found you! Andy is so brilliant at gettingexactly what you need and producing a replica of the track in the perfect key and SPEEDY!!!!!!!! 10/10 !!!!!! for sure!!!!!! thanks again Andy!!!” Alison Ward (US) (International Cabaret Artiste)
“Andy’s charts are great! They are well laid out, clear to read and always a challenge to play!!!” Scott Englebright (US) (Pro Trumpet Player)
“I would like to say how fab my new charts (from go-charts.com) were. The Sixties Medley went so well I’m so thrilled with it. I loved performing Stuff (Like That There) and the band really enjoyed it too. I have to tell you the MD and the whole band were so full of praise for your arrangements and as he (the MD) said ‘when a band compliments an arrangement you know it’s really good. Finally I want to say how wonderful it is to have an arranger I have such confidence in. Thanks again Andy!” Giselle Summers, International Cabaret artiste. http://excellententertainment.biz/portfolio_page/giselle-summers/
I’ve had the pleasure to perform many of Andy’s arrangements over the years and have only recently had the pleasure to have him as my band leader. I’m always impressed how he is able to voice a small group horn section (3-4 horns) so that it sounds like a full big band horn section. His big band catalog is one of the best I’ve played through. Brad Churchwell (US) Trombonist
“I’ve been really impressed with the standard of service from Andy! He’s quick to respond to requests….great when you’re in the need of some new tunes in a hurry! The charts are fantastic. Clean, easy to read & Andy was really accommodating when it came to modifications…I had a few! He has a brilliant knowledge of what’s required for ship orchestras too. Go-charts are most definitely now my Go-to-charts! Thanks! Xxx” Nicola Jane (UK) Vocalist, Guest Entertainer
“I dig your charts man, they’re clean and not overwritten and well orchestrated for 3 horns. I’m passing your name on to more GENTs out on Princess. All the best” Dave Blazer (US) Trumpet MD Princess Cruises
“Andy’s charts are brilliant! You won’t find anything cheaper, but the high quality makes them worth so much more. Each band I’ve worked with has commented on how easy they are to follow, they’re not overcomplicated, and are perfectly written for sight-reading. I’ve purchased a number of charts from his huge catalogue and also had Andy arrange some specific songs for me in very quick time. He works personally with you based on your needs and adapts accordingly, and is great with communication. Highly recommended!” Mark Kenny (Aus) Cruise Ship Vocalist
I am so thankful for Andy and his incredible charts! I am a singer in Las Vegas and guest entertainer on cruise ships, and his charts are clear, high quality and perfectly arranged! I use all of his charts for my shows! Even when I need charts done in a short amount of time, he makes it happen quick and easy! Thank you Andy! You rock!! Laura Wright International Vocalist Las Vegas USA
Hey Andy! Just to tell you, I did my solo show last night and the band leader/tenor sax said about your chart, “this guy really knows what he’s doing” :). Lainie Gulliksen International Cruise Ship Vocalist Entertainer USA