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.