The Sublime Gershwin
Fresh insight into the music of an American icon.
Our goal was to design an album cover and packaging that reflects Gershwin’s work as well as Lent’s insightful understanding of his compositions. From color palette and typographic choices to the layout and interplay of simple geometric elements, we sought to reveal the elegance, harmonies, and rhythmic tension we hear in the recording. Lent’s playing offers us an interior perspective onto Gershwin's thinking; an intimate sound portrait of the composer. Avoiding the ubiquitous New York skyline images associated with Gershwin recordings, we chose instead a beautiful anti-focus street level photograph — immediate and involved; pulsating with the energy of the city and at the same time softly intermingling points of light.
Roger Lent has performed throughout North America and Europe at major jazz clubs and performing arts centers — from Jazz@Lincoln Center and The Kennedy Center to Ronnie Scotts in London, and at The Montreal, Aspen and Edinburgh Jazz Festivals, to name just a few.