Unlimited-Slip Diff

Trumpeter Daimon Brunton describes the sound of his new album Unlimited-Slip Diff as “pop melodies with funky beats and jazz harmonies” in the upbeat style of Grover Washington Jr or Freddie Hubbard, with, “a few Clifford Brown licks thrown in”.

Having played for eleven years at most of Melbourne’s venues, The Daimon Brunton Quartet is one of the city’s most hard-working and popular small jazz groups. Their 2003 CD, Never Again Such Beauty, was available only at gigs and was a hit with the group’s many loyal fans.

Unlimited-Slip DiffUnlimited Slip-Diff explores new directions made possible by fusing jazz harmonies with funk and hip-hop grooves. Eleven of the twelve numbers are original compositions or original arrangements and four tracks utilize two drummers simultaneously. The two covers/arrangements of the Flintstones Theme and the Sesame Street Theme are smokin’ groove driven charts that will have your toe tapping instantly. The Sesame Street track is the very first recorded take. It steams away at over 170 beats per minute and with the funky trumpet lead, two drummers screaming simultaneously, the Wurlitzer organ wailing and the guitar chompin’ at the bit this track will having you begging for more.

The final original, O Thankyou Lord is a 16 Bar, trad/stomping blues which calls for a New Orleans setting and a serve of fried chicken to seal the deal. With no over-dubbing or fancy technological tricks Unlimited Slip-Diff really is a live gig recorded in a studio. It’s filled with energy and raw emotion.