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Callin' The Children Home

Denny Ilett Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (5 May 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nugene Records
  • ASIN: B00167S5RG
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 246,584 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Callin' The Children Home 4:550.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. My Babe 4:170.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. I Only Got Myself To Blame 4:560.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Eyes In The Back Of My Head 4:250.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Angel Eyes 6:000.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Pretty Eyed Baby 5:550.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Opposites Attract 4:260.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. In The Keyhole 4:110.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. If I Had My Time Over Again 4:030.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Six Feet Under 4:390.69  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Wild Man Blues 3:080.69  Buy MP3 

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Denny Ilett is rare commodity, a virtuoso British guitarist and a talented writer/arranger, who has honed his chops not on the UK scene but rather by playing and touring with some of New Orleans finest including Lillian Boutte and members of such notable bands as The Meters, Dr John and the Harry Connick Jnr Big Band.

For this debut CD he has put his own band together involving British and American musicians to showcase his "Nawleans" flavoured approach to blues, jazz and points between. Ilett (pronounced eye-let) has a talent for combining catchy melodies and funky rhythms with great guitar work and a voice that sits comfortably with the material. Seemingly, simple ingredients, but few achieve this while also retaining a rawness and honesty that make you want to listen again. As a guitarist, Ilett’s influences are diverse. One can hear elements of TBone, Django, Wes and Scofield with a dash of Jimi, but it all comes out sounding like none of them in particular.


Denny Ilett is a knockout player… Throughout, Ilett’s deft guitar is economically tasteful and his joyful homage to Louis Armstrong on Wild Man Blues is an unexpected masterstroke.
-- Guitarist

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All the chops ... and gravy too 3 Aug 2008
Format:Audio CD
Having caught Denny Ilett playing recently with the Matt Schofield Band I thought this CD would be worth a listen, but I was not prepared for just how good it really is. A gumbo of blues, jazz and funk arrangements, guitar which ranges from mellow to muscular, topped off with a signing voice that would not be out of place in a big band this is a great CD that I suspect will still be in my CD player in years to come. Denny is the real deal - an artist that defies narrow genre based categorisation. If you enjoy the blues of Robben Ford Larry Carlton and Matt Schofield, or the jazz of players like John Schofield or Scott Henderson I urge you to buy it and give it a listen....you won't be disapointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure class 2 Oct 2009
By Dr J
Format:Audio CD
Denny Ilett is an as-yet undiscovered gem by the wider world, but those of us lucky enough to have crossed his path know better. He represents a fantastic package, with a smooth voice that conjures the feel of old blue eyes himself, a face that fits this mould too, and an absolutely wonderful guitar style. This man is a proper musician. He takes the best of a musically literate, well-honed jazz background and cuts out the self-indulgent and meandering fluff typical of the wider genre, focusing down on the more melodic and interesting components, harnessing them together with a lean, bluesy attitude. Then he adds some bite and a frequent, well-judged edge of overdrive, which immediately separates him from 95% of jazzier cats. The final key ingredient is an injection of a healthy dollop of funk, bringing real rhythmic sensibilities to his playing, and putting clear blue water between himself and the ephemeral widdling of many of his peers. Its a wonderfully compelling combination, and highly accessible and tuneful in the foot-tapping New Orleans style. If John Scofield wrote songs instead of instrumental jams, they might sound a bit like this!

The tunes are all superb, both the well-selected covers and the self-penned numbers. I particularly like the smoky, sleazy rendition of the classic Angel Eyes; the version is so authoritative that its hard to imagine that Mr Ilett didn't write it himself. Other outstanding tracks for this reviewer include the grungy stomp of 'My Babe', the dirty funk of 'Eyes in the Back of My Head', and the lovely direct jazz blues shuffles of 'Pretty Eyed Baby' and If i Had My Time Over Again', which both bring Denny's tasteful touch on the fretboard to the fore, unadorned and direct, and all the better for it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer class 18 Sep 2009
Format:Audio CD
I agree with above reviewer 100%. I bought this cd purely by chance, knowing that Matt Schofield and Simon McBride are on the Nugene label. This album is a must for any jazzy blues fans into the Matt Schofield/Robben Ford type groove, like I am. Class album for sure.......
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mr Ilett is a guitar hero! 8 Jan 2014
By Dzsuba
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I know Denny Ilett through his short teaching videos presented in Guitarist magazine. I really loved his intelligent and soulful playing. I bought his CD and I can tell that this is a really good CD. The only downside is that sometimes his tone is a bit too agressive (at least for me), that's why I gave it only 4 stars.
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