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In 1985, ROMERO LUBAMBO came to the United States, bringing with him a new sound in Brazilian jazz guitar. From the cool, sophisticated rhythms of his native Brazil to hard bop, Lubambo is a guitarist who is comfortable in any musical setting. He is an uncommonly gifted soloist, always having a steady stream of unpredictably creative musical thoughts and the virtuosity to deliver them ever so tastefully. Lubambo’s guitar playing brings together the styles and rhythms of his native Brazilian musical heritage with his fluency in the American jazz tradition to form a distinctive new sound.
After arriving in New York City, Romero quickly established himself as a first-call session and touring guitarist, and was in demand not only for his authentic Brazilian sound, but also for his command of a variety of styles.
Lubambo has performed and recorded with many outstanding artists, including Dianne Reeves, Michael Brecker, Yo-Yo Ma, Kathleen Battle, Diana Krall, Herbie Mann, Wynton Marsalis, Luciana Souza, Kurt Elling, Jane Monheit, Kenny Barron, Gal Costa, Cyro Baptista, Sergio and Odair Assad, Ivan Lins, Grover Washington Jr., Vernon Reid, Flora Purim and Airto, Sadao Watanabe, Paquito D’Rivera, Harry Belafonte, Larry Coryell, Gato Barbieri, Leny Andrade, James Carter, Paula Robison, Dave Weckl, Jason Miles, Regina Carter, and Cesar Camargo Mariano, among many others. He has also established himself as a composer and performer on his own critically acclaimed recording projects as well as on those of Trio Da Paz, a Brazilian jazz trio that Lubambo formed with Nilson Matta and Duduka da Fonseca.
Lubambo is considered by critics to be “the best practitioner of his craft in the world today ... the guitarist's facility, creativity and energy are in a class all their own.”