Cactus Tree by Rj Bacon: Review
Russel Bacon, AKA Rj Bacon, one of Australia’s prominent cinematographers who also happens to be an excellent musician, flexes his smooth jazz muscles in his new album Shine a Light. Cactus Tree is the second and arguably the smoothest track of the album.
If I have to describe the song in one word only without no further elaboration, the word smooth will perfectly suffice but it would still be an understatement. The song is smoother than just plain smooth. This classy retro jazz track is on the deluxe pro max level of smooth. A tasteful brass over fast tempo drums and a steady cowbell opens the song before fading out to make place for the vocals. Smooth electric guitar chords and steady drumbeats are perfectly complemented by the buttery smooth vocals. A soulful piano solo with classic jazz influences is heard as the song progress, followed by a trumpet solo and then a return to the piano solo.
The level of details that goes into how this song’s instruments interact without overshadowing one another is simply mind-blowingly smooth. “Dry martini music” is the term that is often used to describe his music and we couldn’t agree more.
Photo credits: Russell Bacon
Review by: Gabe Finch