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Olin Chism
The Dallas Morning News, October 2004

"The Milken Archive of American Jewish Music and the Naxos label have passed the halfway mark in a massive, 50-plus CD project that will be the most comprehensive collection of its kind. No. 29 in the series, out this week, is devoted to music of Jack Gottlieb.

Although the texts are all religious-themed, the musical styles are varied and some hardly fit the popular idea of what religious music should sound like. For instance, the first two pieces in a set of three titled Shout for Joy, a setting of Psalm texts, sound like Broadway numbers. The second, "Psalm 84," might have come from the pen of Jerome Kern.

In his notes, Mr. Gottlieb grants that he has occasionally taken flak for writing "theatrical" music for religious services, but, then, so did Mozart and Verdi. Other music on the disc is not Broadway-flavored, but it is all listenable and varied in mood, from joyous to serene."

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