Jon Nagourney Quartet

A Song for Marion

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Jon Nagourney had a flurry of activity recording as a leader from the late '80s into the mid-'90s, with three CDs for Albert Marx-owned labels. This outing was his second release, a studio date with pianist Kenny Barron, bassist John Clayton, and drummer Dick Berk. The vibraphonist chose a suitable program, including a few songs that were infrequently recorded, such as Horace Silver's "The Back Beat" and the upbeat "This Time the Dream's on Me." The quartet also delves into familiar territory like "Lazy Bird" and "Confirmation" with gusto. The leader's two originals are enjoyable, including the laid-back Latin-flavored "A Song for Marion" and the perky blues line "Snags on the Line." Barron contributed "Tragic Magic," a driving work that features him prominently. Nagourney's relatively soft touch on his instrument is buoyed by Barron's inventive accompaniment. Sadly, all of Jon Nagourney's work for Trend and Discovery disappeared from print with the demise of the two labels following the death of Albert Marx.

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