Bingo Bongo
Dr. Ring Ding Ska-Vaganza
Gecko Rex / Pork Pie
Vinyl LP / Digital Release
November 9, 2016

Track list
  1. Hello, Good Evening
  2. When You're Drunk
  3. Cocoa Bean
  4. Can't Stop
  5. Adagio
  6. Mr. Big Shot
  7. Bingo Bongo
  8. Gun Bae
  9. The Exorcist
  10. The Rule
  11. The Way Of Mercy
  12. Gimme Nuff Ska
  13. Paluku Rock
  14. Two Wrongs
  15. Galang Dada
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 5 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4
Münsteraner ska, reggae and dancehall don Richard A. Jung a.k.a. Dr. Ring Ding began his professional career in 1987 playing trombone with El Bosso & Die Ping Pongs, one of Germany’s most famous ska bands. His experience in El Bosso led to his life long love for Jamaican music. By early 1993 he had formed his very own band, Dr. Ring Ding & The Senior Allstars, and over the next ten years they would release five albums, numerous singles, and two excellent albums backing legendary Jamaican vocalists Doreen Schaffer and Lord Tanamo. American releases on Moon Ska and Jump Up! helped solidify his fan base in the United States, and soon Dr. Ring Ding was enjoying a worldwide audience for his snappy vocal style and tremendous musicianship. Dr. Ring Ding is not only a popular live performer, he is a studio musician, arranger and producer in many different music genres such as swing, rhythm & blues, hip hop, rumba and punk, but, above all, in reggae, dancehall and ska. Last year, following the highly recommended digital dancehall album "Dig It All" with succesful Polish producer Marek Bogdanski a.k.a. Dreadsquad, Dr. Ring Ding also released a wonderful straightforward ska-album "Bingo Bongo" with his new ska-ensemble: Dr. Ring Ding Ska-Vaganza.

Appropriately opening with "Hello Good Evening" (re-)introducing the Ska-Vaganza over a traditional ska backing, Dr. Ring Ding's wit as a lyricist comes to the fore for the first time on this album in the extremely entertaining you only call me "When You're Drunk" followed by the instrumental "Cocoa Bean" that wouldn't have seemed out of place on an early Skatalites album. More bouncing ska and this time again funny lyrics in "Can't Stop" a ska music party and a ska-reworking of Tomaso Albinoni's "Adagio" in G Minor (actually not composed by the 18th century Venetian neo-Baroque master, yet by his biographer, 20th century musicologist Remo Giazotto, though based purportedly on a discovered Albinoni manuscript, about which there still is a continuing scholarly debate regarding its authenticity). "Mr. Big Shot" clearly is a musical reckoning with the man from 1991.

The title track "Bingo Bongo" is an extremely upful midtempo-tune about the thing better than smoke, and better than coke, even better than making love! especially lyrically reminiscent of calypso question-answer tunes after which "Gun Bae" is another instrumental scorcher and "The Exorcist" another very witty tune - in which Whiskey, Gin, Rum and beer, will make the spirits disappear! and the almost moralizing - yet so true - "The Rule". Never afraid to think completely out of the box, the next instrumental is composed by churchical music composic Martin G. Schneider, though thoroughly ska-fied "The Way of Mercy" ("Between Jericho and Jerusalem"). And while most songs on this album have both music and lyrics by Dr. Ring Ding himself, "Gimme Nuff Ska" has been written and composed by El Bosso & Die Ping Pongs co-founder Markus Diekmann a.k.a. Skacus about the love for ska music. "Paluku Rock" reminds me heavily of late and great fellow trombone player, legendary Rico Rodriguez'instrumentals in the late '70s on "Man From Wareika". The album is closed by the fine swing-influenced "Two Wrongs" and the excellent farewell-tune "Galang Dada".

For all from having a faint interest in traditional ska to hardcore ska-aficionado's this album is a must buy!