Between 1988 and 1997, he recorded three impressive LPs for Columbia: For You Only (named “one of the best albums of the year” by the Washington Post), Learson’s Return, and The Undaunted. In 1997 he recorded Marlon’s Mode on the Arabesque label. Following the release of his debut album, Marlon took his quintet on the road. They joined Miles Davis, George Benson, and Wynton Marsalis in a series of JVC Festival dates produced by George Wein in Atlanta, Dallas and other cities. The quintet also played in some of the country’s top jazz clubs, including the Blue Note, the Ritz, and the Village Vanguard. They played concerts at venues ranging from New York’s Avery Fisher Hall to a stint in Europe and Japan.