Belonging (album)

Belonging is an album by American pianist Keith Jarrett which was released on the ECM label in 1974.[1] It is the first album by the so-called Jarrett's 'European Quartet' featuring Jan Garbarek, Palle Danielsson and Jon Christensen.

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Studio album by
Released1974, October [1]
Recorded1974, April 24–25
StudioArne Bendiksen Studios, Oslo (Norway)
LabelECM Records
[ECM 1050]
ProducerManfred Eicher
Keith Jarrett chronology
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My Song

"Long As You Know You're Living Yours" serves as the theme song for CBC Radio's Writers and Company program.


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music     [3]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz    [4]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide     [5]
The Virgin Encyclopedia of Jazz     [6]

AllMusic reviewer Richard S. Ginell awarded the album 4½ stars, stating, "The record operates at its strongest level when Jarrett locks the quartet into his winning gospel mode on "'Long as You Know You're Living Yours" and the tense drive of "Spiral Dance"; the reflective numbers are less compelling. Still, this LP-turned-CD successfully bucked the powerful electric trends of its time and holds up well today."[2]

Controversy and legal disputeEdit

The tune "Long As You Know You're Living Yours" was the subject of a lawsuit between Jarrett and jazz-rock group Steely Dan: Jarrett alleged that the duo's title track from their 1980 album Gaucho had stolen from the song. Co-writer Donald Fagen later admitted he'd loved the track and was strongly influenced by it.[7] Jarrett sued for copyright infringement and was then added as a co-author of the song.

Track listingEdit

All music composed by Keith Jarrett
  1. "Spiral Dance" – 4:11
  2. "Blossom" – 12:15
  3. "'Long as You Know You're Living Yours" – 6:14
  4. "Belonging" – 2:15
  5. "The Windup" – 8:27
  6. "Solstice" – 13:13


Technical PersonnelEdit


  1. ^ a b ECM Records Keith Jarrett: Belonging accessed June 2020
  2. ^ a b Ginell, R. AllMusic Review accessed September 12, 2011
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Omnibus Press. ISBN 9780857125958. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  4. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 769. ISBN 978-0-14-103401-0.
  5. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. pp. 81. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  6. ^ Larkin, Colin (1999). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Jazz. Virgin Books. p. 446.
  7. ^ Breskin, David (c. 1980). "Steely Dan (Interview)". Musician Magazine. Archived from the original on March 10, 2007. Retrieved December 21, 2006.