"We always had the feeling that there was an entire band playing with us. Cesar and I would always open a space for our duo in all the concerts in which we participated. We always got a fantastic response from the public as well as from the musicians around us.
We enjoyed playing together so much that in 1998 we decided to play our first official concert as a duo at Birdland in New York. Many performances in the U.S., Japan, Europe, and Brazil followed this debut. The next step was to record this work as close as possible to the sound we produced "live". There's always a special emotion and a recurring "vibe" on the stage that sometimes is very difficult to achieve in a recording studio." - Romero Lubambo
Reviews"From the bouncy and dynamic opening track, 'Samba Dobrado' (Djavan), to the unpredictably serene and beautiful 'Wave' (Jobim), Duo is full or surprises - from the music and musicians to the classy liner notes with gorgeous close-up photos of the instruments themselves. One remarkable trait of Mariano's arrangements lies on his ability to recreate and make even the most well-known songs sound new. He did that in his last album, Nova Saudade, with 'Chega de Saudade,' for example. In Duo, besides the previously mentioned 'Wave,' there are others that are noteworthy. 'Joy Spring,' 'Mr. Jr.,' 'Fotografia' and 'April Child' come to mind. Just a like spring day blossoms with colors and life, so does the arrangement in 'Joy Spring.' From the slow, piano beginning, this tune grows and shifts into a nice samba. In 'Mr. Jr.' and 'April Child,' both Mariano and Lubambo let loose and get down to just plain fun. Both artists dazzle you with their individual solos in those tracks. In closing Duo, Mariano and Lubambo truly saved the best for last. Jobim's 'Wave' receives a well-deserved new arrangement that puts that song in new heights. The gentle guitar and peaceful piano solos are like nectar from the gods." - Musica Brasileira