THE NIGHTCRAWLERS - BLUE SILVER (no label) On their first full-length CD, Blue Silver, State College favorites The Nightcrawlers expand upon the musical adventurism and exploration they introduced on their self-titled, five-song EP. The Nightcrawlers' musical playground again stretches from Americana, country and rockabilly hills and dales to jazz, funk, blues and worldly musical territory. Through Blue Silver's dozen tracks, The Nightcrawlers deftly use their musicality to weave these various musical flavors into a cohesive, flowing, colorful and alluring style all their own. Steve Arnold's tight, controlled, jazz-informed drumming collaborates with solid bottom end from four different bass players - Mike Leitzel, Rene Witzke, Jason Ebersole and Peter Jogo - to gently guide these compositions on their winding journeys. Displaying his Mark Knopfler-like technique, guitarist and singer Noah Figlin and keyboardist, flutist and singer Adrienne "Aeb" Byrne demonstrate constant virtuosity, blending and improvising on their instruments to color the often elaborate melodies. Among the new songs are the title "Blue Silver," which displays a slight Dire Straits flavor; country- and rockabilly-rooted exercises such as "Place in the Dark," "Open Doors" and the album closer "On My Way;" the soaring and playful "The Grasslands," the jazz/blues-flavored instrumental "Three Rivers," and the Aeb-penned and sung bluesy piano ballad "So Many Stars." Also included are updated versions of the five songs from the debut EP; including the upbeat album-opener "Lover's Test," the group's popular worldbeat-flavored showstopper "African Echo," the darker and mysterious "Desert Sun" and the shadowy and gritty blues workout "Black Hole." "Latin Groove" returns with a new name, "Como Nuevo," now beefed up with horns courtesy of guest sax player Chris Byrne (Aeb's father) and trombonist Chris Gamble. Produced by Figlin and recorded and mastered by Figlin and Aeb Byrne, Blue Silver features busy arrangements that are never stationary, with creative instrumental and vocal layering effectively fleshing out the sound. The overall set sounds crisp, bright and balanced, enabling all the nuances and detail of The Nightcrawlers' presentation to shine through. Blue Silver fulfills the promise of The Nightcrawlers' debut EP, further elaborating on this group's exciting musical world and demonstrating their widespread talents. An excellent album, and an engaging, captivating listen. - Review from Rockpage.com by 'jptheprofessor' Jim Price.