The Drummer Loves Ballads (John Armato)

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Primary Credits
The TDLB Quartet is John Armato (drums and narration), Rod Fleeman (guitar), Wayne Hawkins (piano), Gerald Spaits (bass). Produced by John Cushon. Recorded by Justin Wilson, Sound81. Additional recording by Pete Millrose and Keaton Comiskey. Mixed and co-produced by Howie Lindeman, Howies Mix House. Mastered by Greg Calbi, Sterling Sound. Strings and winds arranged, contracted, and conducted by Paul Roberts. Special assistance and oversight of Houston Person and Warren Vach session by Anne Phillips. At the Trocadero 2018, lyrics by John Armato (ASCAP), music by Wayne Hawkins (ASCAP).

Guest Artists
Carol Bar (French spoken word); Steffen Drabek (solo viola); Ron Gutierrez, Molly Hammer, Lisa Henry, and Lucy Wijnands (vocals); Brett Jackson (baritone sax); Jeff Lisenby (accordion); Houston Person and Doug Talley (tenor sax); Warren Vach (cornet); Lynn Zimmer (clarinet).

Strings
Matt Bennett, Carmen Dieker, Zsolt Eder, and Filip Lazovski (violin); Alyssa Bell and Christine Grossman (viola); Ezgi Karakus and Susie Yang (cello).

Winds
David Chael (alto sax and flute), Mark Cohick (alto flute), Paul Roberts (trombone), Brandon Wilkins (tenor sax and flute).

Creative, Technical, and Marketing Support
Main photography by Andy Amyx, Joshua Liberman, and Thomas Blackburn (courtesy Roseville Jazz Festival). CD cover design by John Armato with Tricia Juanitas. All other design by Tricia Juanitas. Animated Prelude by Sam Hrabko. Video liner notes shot and edited by Daniel Stanush. Memories of You behind-the-scenes video shot by Justin Wilson. Web design by Ruben Young and Tricia Juanitas.

Recording History
TDLB was recorded in 10 sessions in four cities over three years. Most tracks were recorded in Kansas City (Sept. 24-25 and Oct. 10, 2018, and Mar. 26-27, July 29-30, Aug. 24, and Sept. 19, 2019). Some guest artist tracks were recorded in New York (Nov. 15 and Dec. 15, 2018), Nashville (Jan. 20, 2019), and Bremen, Germany, (April 14, 2021). Mixing and mastering took place late 2020/early 2021.

Distribution
TDLB was released May 27, 2021 and is available anywhere you buy, download, or stream your music, including Amazon, iTunes/Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, Qobuz, Napster, YouTube Music, Deezer, Bandcamp, and the album website. Distribution provided by CD Baby.

Dedication
TDLB is dedicated to the memory of John Armatos parents, Frank and Millie Armato.


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