If you can't stand the heat...Too bad cause here comes Kingston Kitchen! This album is incredible, how could it not be? When you bring the already amazing and established Rotterdam Ska-Jazz Foundation (who's album Sunwalk was released by us right here in the US) and fronted by the notorious Dr. Ring Ding! Genius is sure to ensue. Image the super tight and intricate Eastern European traditional ska sounds of Rotterdam, with the larger than life vocalization, performing and tromboning stylee of the Doctor himself! This album is a refreshing sound coming from Dr. Ring Ding again. Since the break up of the Senior All Stars band, that brought us so many great ska albums, Richie "Senior" Jung, has been mainly involved in dancehall and swing jazz projects. We are more than excited to get him back into the ska grove and putting out what we all love most.
Rotterdam live up to the standard they set so high for themselves in the short time they have been around. This band is top notch, if you don't have "Sunwalk" I suggest picking it up along with this record for the full effect of this band. Don't let the "ska-jazz" name fool you into thinking they are another cookie cutter "trad-ska-jazzy" boring band. They were definitely the highlight of January 2006 Knitting Factory 3 Floors Of Ska show for me. It's very refreshing to hear and see talented, educated and dedicated musicians playing ska a genre that seems to be so easily saturated with underdeveloped pop punk wanna be rip off bands. If you want the real deal, this is where it is at!