The Drummer Loves Ballads (John Armato)

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Initial release of "The Drummer Loves Ballads" was Thursday, May 27, 2021. It is available wherever you buy, download, or stream your music on more than 150 platforms worldwide, including Amazon, Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, Qobuz, Deezer, Bandcamp, and others. Signed CDs and exclusive products and offers are available at the shop at Distribution provided by CD Baby.

Since its release, the album has received exclusively five-star reviews on Amazon and the single "The Shadows of Paris" has climbed to No. 21 in the Euro Indie Music Charts, which canvasses more than 200 stations in 60 countries.

The TDLB Quartet is John Armato (drums), 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, Howie's 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 Vache session by Anne Phillips. "At the Trocadero" (c) 2018, lyrics by John Armato (ASCAP), music by Wayne Hawkins (ASCAP).

TDLB is dedicated to the memory of Frank and Millie Armato.

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.

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 Vache (cornet); Lynn Zimmer (clarinet).

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

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

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. "Prelude" animation by Sam Hrabko. Video liner notes shot and edited by Daniel Stanush. "Memories of You" official behind-the-scenes music video shot by Justin Wilson. Web design by Ruben Young and Tricia Juanitas.

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