"It's easy to let music run free but takes a real pro to tame it. The CB3 has the most perfect ability to do exactly that. These creations are a privilege to bear witness to."
- Dylan Joel
Blending class-act musicianship with a rare gift of both conviction and restraint, the creative prowess of Cristian Barbieri and The CB3 defines new parameters for contemporary music.
Collectively, international tours, festivals headlines (Melbourne International Jazz Festival), sold-out launches (Howler, Melbourne) and head-turning collaborations (Leikeli47, Jessica Mauboy, Thando, Harts and Remi) are all business as usual for members of the Melbourne-based trio. Drawing comparisons with the likes of fusion revolutionists Snarky Puppy, Horatio Luna, Vulfpeck, and The Roots, The CB3’s funk, jazz, RnB and neo-soul influences bind an offering that is equal parts unbridled and deliciously refined.
Like the music, there isn’t much that guitarist, frontman leader of the pack, Cristian Barbieri can’t do. Both individually and as a credited member of acts including Billy Davis & The Good Lords, Thando and Benny Walker, he has recorded, toured and collaborated since the moment he picked up his instrument. Barbieri’s trademark sound and approach to the craft has featured onstage with some of contemporary and pop music’s most acclaimed artists (GoldLink, Masta Ace, and more).
And yet above all else, the conglomerate of Barbieri (guitar), Caleb Shand (bass) and Chris Farace (drums) have in each other found the one thing that others still kill for: a knack for not only the tune, but the feeling: one that permeates, captures and transforms. When long-term friendship and collegiality meet a common lust for scintillating groove, wise beyond its years, the results are phenomenal: beat, bass line and melody at its impeccable, hook-soaked best.
The aim? To flip on its head all expectations of what a guitar/bass/drum
combo should, could sound like.