As a leader, Lubambo is quite prolific, having debuted in the '90s with a handful of collaborations, including 1990's Autonomia with harmonica player Rildo Hora, 1993's Face to Face with pianist Weber Drummond, and 1994's Coisa Fina with vocalist Leny Andrade, among others. He also recorded several albums with his Trio da Paz featuring bassist Nilson Matta and drummer Duduka Da Fonseca, including 1992's Brazil from the Inside and 1994's Black Orpheus. He topped off the decade with a superb live solo album, 1999's Lubambo.
He stayed active during the early 2000s, releasing a handful of well-received efforts including 2002's Duo with César Camargo Mariano and 2003's Rio de Janeiro Underground. In 2005 he returned to Trio da Paz for Somewhere. A year later he paired with longtime associate flutist Mann for Softly. He then delivered the romantic Love Dance in 2007, followed by the Trio da Paz concert album Live at JazzBaltica in 2008. In 2011 he joined trumpeter Claudio Roditi for Bons Amigos, followed in 2014 by his own Só: Brazilian Essence. A year later he delivered Setembro: A Brazilian Under the Jazz Influence. In 2017 Lubambo paired with guitarist Edú Lobo and saxophonist Mauro Senise for the trio album Dos Navegantes. ~ Matt Collar, Rovi