This Is the Rodney Richardson Trio
The Rodney Richardson Trio is one of the few organ trios in Washington DC. Utilizing that distinct organ trio sound, Rodney has chosen a repertoire for the band that paints a broad musical picture. Alongside a few of Rodney's original compositions, the band features music ranging from jazz standards to adaptations of modern jazz and rock songs. With Will Rast on organ and Larry Ferguson on drums, two of DC's top players, the guitar-led trio has a truly unique sound. You can find the Rodney Richardson Trio performing in and around the Washington DC area on a regular basis. 'They sometimes call them "organ-grinder groups" - the soul-inflected jazz trios centered around a Hammond B-3 organ, in the tradition of players like Jimmy Smith and Jack McDuff. D.C.'s contribution is the Rodney Richardson Trio. Richardson is actually the guitarist; Will Rast is the organist (and Larry Ferguson is the drummer). But it's Richardson's subtle, delicate touch that pushes the trio into it's idiosyncratic sound. Rast pulsates and explores, doesn't jam, and Ferguson punctuates and makes surprisingly careful fills. It keeps audiences guessing, but also intrigued.' -Michael J. West -Washington City Paper.