SINGLE REVIEW: Bumped into Love by Randy Lyght

Vents Magazine - RJ Frometa  - February 9, 2018

They don’t quite make ‘em like this anymore. Randy Lyght’s vocal skills and smooth presence are a throwback to an earlier time in popular music history when a performer’s interpretative powers and skill for dovetailing his presentation into the arrangement meant far more than his fashionable dress. The single “Bumping Into Love” from his fourth studio release Another Side of Me is reminiscent of performers like Harry Connick Jr and other iconic figures like Sinatra and Tony Bennett, but these influences are filtered through his personal sensibility and emerge as something very much his own with this track. It’s indicative of the overall level of quality he’s pursued from the first and shows that this veteran vocalist and performer has perfected his craft in a way that few peers or contemporaries can hope to equal or excel. He’s put in the time and, at this stage in his life, Randy Lyght is producing music remarkable for its entertainment value and sturdy self-assurance.

The horns and effortless swing propelling the bulk of “Bumped Into Love” is joined by some very tasty drumming that never overstates its presence. Lyght sweeps listeners into the moment with a zesty, gently gliding performance ably surfing the arrangement’s brief peaks, valleys, and turns. It’s an unified work from the outset and there’s never an incongruous second listeners are forced to endure. The horns provide a bright sheen to the song that never intentionally or otherwise deprives Lyght of his vocal spotlight and, instead, often punctuates his phrasing with a brassy vigor that makes the song all the more memorable. This is definitely cut from an easy listening cloth, but that speaks more to the desire of Lyght and his accompanying musicians to connect with listeners rather than any inherent laziness.

The lyrical content doesn’t attempt to remake the wheel and comes off every bit as focused as the musical content. Lyght inhabits each line of the song with a distanced presence, but he never stays so far away that the song ever threatens to wither and die on him. The words are well conceived, but they are attended to with the same attention to detail distinguishing the musical arrangement and are obviously crafted to complement it rather than vice versa. All of the classical elements that make songs of this ilk, or any other, so memorable are in evidence here and listeners benefit from hearing a world class vocalist at the top of his game working it out for us. “Bumped into Love” isn’t some epochal work aiming to get us thinking about music in a new way; instead, it hits on all the right and familiar nerves as a supreme example of new wine being poured into old bottles. Randy Lyght’s Another Side of Me is a definite winner of the remaining album tracks compare to this gem.

 

Randy Lyght – Bumped Into Love

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Randy Lyght’s journey from the Canadian wilds into a place of increasingly global prominence continues with his fourth release Another Side of Me. The first single from the album, “Bumped Into Love”, recalls some of Lyght’s abiding influences while still communicating a distinctive personality that makes the material his own rather than pale imitation. Lyght has been singing since an early age and retains all of the passion necessary for this music to make it fly. It’s a result of his years working on earlier studio albums as well as tenures with acts like The Platters, but his willingness to allow other’s art to inform his own proves to be one of the biggest difference makers of all. He dispatches the tune with a timeless panache that never risks affectation or self indulgence and these qualities help make “Bumped Into Love” one of the best tunes in this vein you’ll likely ever hear.

Lyght is really skilled, both as a vocalist and in selecting what musical landscape he inhabits, at manifesting a welcoming, pawing playfulness in the song. Yes, this is tried and true subject matter for any form of popular song, but there’s an artful weaving of cool confidence, lyrical pathos, and a smiling resignation over love’s vagaries that you can hear from the first. The musical arrangement is definitely a little light R&B with a slight jazzy uplift and the musicians used on the track never play a single note more than the song demands. This keen ear and musical imagination is critical to making these sort of tunes come off and not sound too hammy. Lyght serves the song well and makes use of some pleasing predictability while never leaning too heavily on clichés. It’s a rich performance all around.

As fine as the musical backing is, however, the best moments come courtesy of Lyght’s spellbinding vocal. It’s him who gives the words that added spin emphasizing their essential affability, it’s his voice that breaks down any preconceived notions you might have about this sort of song craft and lets you simply enjoy his gifts for entertaining listeners. He has a wonderful ear for phrasing that’s surely the product of a long career, but it’s also born of an innate understanding of what songs need to be even more successful. In the end, that’s where it all beginnings – with a great song – and “Bumped into Love” move than fits the bill. It gains added impact when the song’s helmed by one of the most talented, albeit under the radar, figures in that chosen style. Randy Lyght’s lost nothing of his unique flavor over the years and shows no signs of slowing down. It’s a marvel to hear anyone still embracing this time-tested style with the same artistry and enthusiasm that we hear from Randy Lyght. 

William Elgin

 

The Journal of Roots Music NO DEPRESSION

ALBUM REVIEW

Randy Lyght - Bumped Into Love 

Randy Lyght - Bumped Into Love (single)

BY MINDY MCCALL 
FEBRUARY 9, 2018 

Randy Lyght - Bumped Into Love 

 

There’s no question, even if this is your first time encountering Randy Lyght, that this is a song from a supreme stylist. Randy Lyght’s “Bumped into Love”, a single from his fourth solo album Another Side of Me, finds this longtime jazz singer working in peak form and alongside a first class cadre of musicians. There’s great artistry in what Randy Lyght does. He swings effortlessly with the arrangement without either element ever threatening to overwhelm the audience. It’s the end result of countless live dates over the years, runs with top shelf vocal bands like The Platters, and an ability to change with the times without ever veering away from the fundamentals that brought him to the dance. “Bumped Into Love” isn’t dyed in blue – it embodies the nuanced, understated eloquence so common to best songs of this type and has dry, deceptive humor sure to win listeners over by the score.  

It buddies up to listeners from the first. This is a song with an amiable gait that never comes on too strong with listeners and, instead, slides up next to your ear and makes itself at home. It’s very comfortable and charged with the sheer joy the band and Lyght alike convey in their performance. Despite the ever so slightly rueful side of this song’s lyrical content, Lyght keeps things relatively light and always entertaining, careful however to never drag things into a histrionic realm. “Bumped Into Love” benefits immensely from his deft touch with the style and how he never attempts to overshadow the band but, instead, sings with them. This is something you can teach, but the natural inclination to do so comes across without much apparent effort and proves quite compelling from the first. Lyght carries the lyrics off quite nicely and really makes the most of the phrasing potential here without ever turning the song into an unpleasant experience. 

The horn playing particularly distinguishes itself with this song and never has to rely on any ostentatious flair to gain the audience’s attention. Instead, everything is handled here with an even hand that never tests listeners’ patience and, instead, draws us further and further in with each added sway of the song. There’s no doubt that something this polished, however effortless it may sound, is the result of lots of hard work on the part of the vocalist and everyone involved, but Lyght never neglects to put something of himself into the song that makes it stand out from similar efforts in this style. His time with outfits like The Platters, years in live performance, and a succession of important solo albums has brought him to a place where he’s more in control of the form than ever before and it makes “Bumped into Love” a wonderfully entertaining effort from an album, Another Side of Me, that already rates as one of the year’s best releases in any genre.  

Mindy McCall 

 

Neufutur Magazine - February 2018

Randy Lyght – Bumped Into Love

Randy Lyght’s “Bumped into Love” is a fantastic single from his fourth solo studio release, Another Side of Me, and marks another high point in the career of this fantastic vocalist and song interpreter. Lyght plays to what we know as familiar, but he has the talent and good sense to choose outstanding collaborators in such a way that there’s a signature luster emanating from the tune that others will never duplicate. Everything here is in place. It has a light soul and jazz edge, just the right amount of urgency, and a well tailored length that never overstays its welcome with listeners. It’s easy to figure out why this cut occupies such a high level when you take into account the voluminous experience Lyght brings to bear in making this tune and others work for listeners, but you can enjoy this song as a standalone entertainment experience that nourishes the heart and imagination alike.  

 

The warm, sustaining qualities of the song are evident from the first. Much of the instrumental attack is dominated by the horn section, but it isn’t so obtrusive that it comes off heavy handed in the mix. Instead, the brass playing and vocals exist quite well side by side and make an excellent tandem driving the song forward. They are recorded with immense attention to detail and the obvious attentiveness extends to every facet of the recording; each instrument occupies a distinctive slot in the mix, including Lyght’s voice, and the disparate elements are balanced with precision. Despite the obvious construction behind a song like this, both the singing and playing alike sound completely natural and roll out of the participants in a manner that suggests they might be recording the song live or this may be their first spin through the tune. This sort of spontaneity and inspired swing is difficult to stage or fake.

 

Lyght elevates the already fine lyric to a place where it compels a smile as well as allowing the listener to entertain a light storytelling aspect. Great singers get inside a tune and make it their own, separating just enough from the influences that shape its sound so it comes off as something truly individual, and Lyght does that here with astonishing ease. The sparks coming off the interplay between Lyght’s voice and the horns is an especially invigorating part of the performance and he seems supernaturally tuned in to just the right amount of musicality needed to play an excellent counterpoint. “Bumped into Love” is one of those moments as a listener when you bump into a tune that’s both musically satisfying and eminently likable. If we should consider it representative of Another Side of Me, and there’s no reason we shouldn’t, then Randy Lyght’s fourth solo effort is his best recording yet and shows this great vocal stylist may still not yet be at the peak of his awesome powers.

Shannon Cowden

 

 

Bernie Fiedler - B.C. Fiedler Management - May 2018
“I received your CD and wanted to thank you! I have listened to it and very much enjoyed it! Your original songs are great and I just wanted to say keep going in that direction because it’s very good! I will be sharing your music with my friends. Great job!”



Waterloo Chronicle - July 16, 2016
"Bottom, Randy Lyght sings classic Frank Sinatra accompanied by his band including Andriy Tykhonov on piano and Andrew McAnsh on trumpet."




Waterloo Chronicle - July 18,2015





CBC Radio - Craig Norris
July 15, 2015
Effortless..and fantastic. That's how it sounds when @RandyLyght sings. He's playing @waterloojazz this wknd! @CBCKW891 #kw



O's Place Jazz Magazine - Oscar Groomes
Randy Lyght   -   A Return To Romance    4/4

March 22, 2014
Randy has a warm, slightly raspy voice with lots of character. It is well suited for A Return To Romance, a collection of ten crisp, popular love songs. The supporting band provides a solid foundation and caps an entertaining set. We especially enjoyed the brass accents that surfaced across the stage. Highlights are "Witchcraft", "Stepping' Out With My Baby" and "What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life".



Helping hearts

Jazz artist is donating profits to the heart and stroke foundation

By Heather Abrey
Kitchener Post staff

Listening to Randy Lyght’s A Return to Romance might make your pulse race, but it will also help the hearts of others.

The Kitchener jazz vocalist will be releasing his new CD on Feb. 13, as well as playing two shows at The Registry Theatre. A portion of the proceeds from sales of A Return to Romance for the next year will be donated to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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Jazz Brat Blog - Lori Pallard
January 26, 2014
Lyght, A Return To Romance
http://www.facebook.com/l/LAQFoKj4z/jazzbratblog.blogspot.ca/2014/01/randy-lyght-return-to-romance.html

Jazz crooner Randy Lyght is launching his new CD,Return To Romance, February 13th in Kitchener, Ontario. But there's a lot more to his musical story than just a Valentine's Day theme!
Read on to discover theHEART of the matter!
 
Thunder Bay native Randy Lyght has been a part of the Canadian music scene for quite some time. He's headed his own bands and worked under the direction of such greats as Jackie Richardson. However touring (10 different countries!) takes its toll and Randy chose to take a break and focus on his family. A few years ago Randy was encouraged to return to music in a big way with 2 CDs in 2 years, both receiving a lot of airplay, both here and abroad.
 
But for his tertiary album, Randy Lyght wanted to do something close to hisHEART
 
 
Randy decided to raise funds for the heart and stroke foundation. He created a donation page (click here to donate) but felt that just wasn't enough. So he hit the studio and recorded "A Return To Romance". During 2014, $1 from every CD sold will go to The Heart and Stroke Foundation.   Read more......
 



Northern Exposure
http://thehub.musiciansfriend.com/artist-interviews/vocal-about-it-wise-words-from-singers
January 20, 2014

Randy Lyght has been a staple on the Canadian music scene since for decades.

He has led his own bands, including Mixed Breed and Black Lightningalongside other great bands featuring Rick Lazar and Paul Shaffer. In the mid-70s, he completed a multi-country tour with The World Renowned Platters. He has worked with countless legendary performers, includingJackie RichardsonTony Gaines and Jason Mack. Randy also recorded a single cover of “Feel Like Making Love”, produced by Hermann Fruhm. His single has received extensive airplay in Canada and the US.

Which song do you wish you would have written?

“Nature Boy” by Eden Ahbez. There aren’t many songs that have that kind of effect on a person’s emotions. The simplicity and purity of the lyrics and melody can be fully orchestrated, or broken down to piano, flute and vocal, as I recorded it on my release, A Return to Romance.

What advice could you give someone just starting out in the business?

You have to be realistic. Make sure you’re having fun. Music has no boundaries. Make music that you want to make.

More than anything, take it one step at a time. If you’ve accomplished something, move on to the next step, or try something new. Don’t ever let your expectations ruin the fun of music. Once it’s not fun anymore, don’t do it.

Any favorite microphones?

For vocals, I suggest the Shure Beta 87a.


Rich Germaine - Jazz Radio Network -
December 18, 2013
 “Who says Romance is passé?  These fresh arrangements of timeless standards sung in Randy’s warm, lyrical style … will light the fire of romance again and again, especially for jazz lovers.  A Return To Romance  is our kind of music… five out of five stars.”     Rich Germaine, Jazz Radio Networkwww.jazzradionetwork.com )


Jazz Society - Waterloo Chronicle
November 19, 2013
 Jazz Room presents crowd favourites
The Jazz Room, at the historic Huether Hotel, presents the Randy Lyght Band and the Jamie Baum/Jane Bunnett Quintet this weekend.
Returning to The Jazz Room Friday night is crowd favourite Randy Lyght. Lyght and his exceptional band perform songs you know and love with the classic style of the best modern jazz crooners. 
In a former incarnation, Randy toured 10 countries with the world renowned Platters group, taking time off to perform with the likes of Jackie Richardson, Tony Gaines and Jason Mack. 
Lyght became a west coast phenomenon gigging and recording in B.C., before taking time out of his performance career to raise a family. Now residing in Kitchener, he has roared back with two exceptional CDs, Just In Time and Happy Holiday, both released in 2012.
Joining Lyght on vocals for this gig will be Joel Haynes on drums, Clark Johnston on bass, JK Gulley on guitar, Andriy Tykhonov on piano and Ken Hadley on sax/flute/clarinet. 


Laurie Snell - Waterloo Chronicle
July 17, 2013
 Wednesday, July, 17, 2013 - 10:10:48 AM Photo courtest Uptown BIA Randy Lyght is one of the headline acts at this year's jazz festival. Free, fun Jazz Fest this weekend By Laurie Snell Special to the Chronicle Uptown Waterloo is getting all jazzed up and ready to go for this weekend’s annual festivities. The 21st annual Sunlife Financial Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival kicks off July 19, and will be a free, three-day celebration of jazz music in the community...read more


Fred Eager and Dennis Dueck (Co-Chairs Show Committee)- TWIN CITY HARMONIZERS -
May 04, 2013
 On behalf of The Kitchener-Waterloo Chapter SPEBSQSA INC. we would like to thank The Randy Lyght Trio for appearing on our show There's a Meetin' Here Tonight.  Your contribution added to the show to make it a huge success and the comments received from the audience was very positive on your performance. We look forward to hearing you perform again in the future.


Zach Brenneman - Global Entertainment Magazine
April 24, 2013
 
Randy Lyght delivers an expertly powerful vocal performance on his new album “Just in Time”. Randy’s voice sails and soars throughout the collection of ten covers of seminal soft jazz/lounge hits like “The Way You Look Tonight”, “L.O.V.E” and “I Get a kick Out of You” with effortless grace. Singing big band and jazz music must be like riding a bike for Randy, who says he “hadn’t sung in awhile...” because he almost makes it sound easy. .......Read more


Tina Wilson - Global Entertainment Mag
February 01, 2013
 With Valentines coming up soon the song "Love Is Here To Stay"by Randy Lyght is perfect for the occasion of getting away with your sweetheart, escaping from the everyday stress of life and spoiling each other with champagne, and a fancy dinner.  Other masterpieces of music to delight in this special occasion is "Smile", "The Way You Look Tonight" and "I Get A Kick Out of You" are the perfect Valentines memorable songs that will stay with you for many years into the future.  Randy's music is the type that touches hearts of many people world wide. They are the type of Love Ballads that a couple could say, "These songs are ours to celebrate our love" casting a memorable experience in their relationship with each other. - By Tina Wilson CEO Global Entertainment Mag.


Dana Demers 
September 11, 2012
The Grand River Shows team would like to thank you for your participation and involvement in The Waterloo Region Food & Drink Expo. It was truly a pleasure meeting you.  People have been speaking so highly of your performance. Thank you very much for being a part of our event. Dana Demers - Grand River Shows



Caroline Lamers 
June 27, 2012
Went to your site........LOVE your voice!!!!!!!!!!! You sound very much like one of the fellows from the "old boys club" - Caroline Lamers - Asst General Manager - Easy 101 FM


Bill Brown - England 
November 2, 2012
Warm greeting from London, England. I've just discovered your wonderful music on the internet, which is a joy! Keep up the excellent work. I guess it would be fair to say that I am now a huge Randy Lyght fan! I keep telling my friends about my amazing musical discovery - Bill Brown - Hayes FM and Spectrum Radio UK



Whistle Radio 102.7
September 15, 2012
It was wonderful to meet you and I so love your voice and music.  You won a ton of fans on our Thursday night live show plus your album (Just In Time) is in high rotation at our station. - Tara Donaghey- Program Director, Whistle Radio 102.7, Stouffville, ON


Joe Wood - RDR Music Group 
Great tracks!!! Love the strings and your vocals! Well done! - Joe Wood - RDR Music Group


Lake Superior News
RANDY LYGHT RETURNS TO THUNDER BAY

 
THUNDER BAY, ON  -----  May 26, 2012 ----   "RANDY LYGHT RETURNS TO THUNDER BAY"Renowned pop jazz and rock vocalist Randy Lyght is returning to Thunder Bay after many years for his CD release party. was announced by  Ken Boshcoff a long time friend of Randy's .
Randy now singing jazz masters material, made rock history in Thunder Bay as lead vocalist for the popular band "Black Lyghtning". Randy's band included the Zeleny Brothers who went on to form the legendary "Zeebraz". Both Jim and Gerry Zeleny will be playing with Randy in a reunion set on Friday June 8th at Gargoyle's. Black Lyghtning played hundreds of high school and big venue dances in the 70's and 80's alongside Paul Shaffer and Rick Lazar of The Fugitives.  Randy went on to tour with the "The World Renowned Platters" for several years as well as having a solo career in Vancouver, BC. Returning to the stage recently, Randy is really looking forward to seeing friends and family as he performs jazz classics from the songbooks of Sinatra, Bennett, Cole and more.A stellar group of local musicians will be performing with Randy as he performs the songs from his CD "Just In Time"! As this will be a one-show 3-set performance starting at 8pm. People are requested to purchase their tickets in advance by calling 473-8228 to arrange .  Regular dinner service will be available at Gargoyle's that evening and reservations will be accepted on a first come basis. Tickets are $10 per person. As Randy has not been home for some time he is really looking forward to seeing his fans from his Thunder Bay performing days.
 



Best heard this week blogatwrylifemusic
Posted on January 15, 2012 And worth a listen in my opinion…..Randy Lyght – Just In Time : I like Randy’s delivery on these classic tunes – some of the best from the ‘40s through the 60’s. This selection is well orchestrated and highlights his deep bass voice. Randy reminds us all that you don’t necessarily have to have new material to really shine – just a load of talent and a brilliant sense of the feel of the song. Have a listen.SaveSaveSaveSave

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