For an artist with such a diverse musical background, Cristian Barbieri has found a perfect balance on his debut solo release, Exposed. Currently operating as lead guitarist for Melbourne act Billy Davis & The Good Lords, Barbieri's band (THE CB3) is part of the new Bad Opera movement, which will see collaboration and support between a number of local acts (including Billy Davis).
'Exposed' showcases Barbieri's significant range to perfection, from the subtle nuances of jazz, the grooves of R&B, and melodic hooks that clearly stem from the world of pop music. For fans of modern heavyweights like The Roots and Vulfpeck, THE CB3 also shows regard to musical pioneers like The Meters and Parliament. Make sure you give this exciting new artist a long look, you'll be thankful you did.
"The CB3 are an instrumental R&B/hip hop trio that keeps us on our toes. So tight, yet so relaxed, with melody lines that catch us off-guard, before flinging us head-first into a beatific, happy daze of funk-flavoured hooks and delicious bass lines." - The Music