Long as You Know You’re Living Yours is the third track on the 1974 album, Belonging, featuring the American jazz pianist, Keith Jarrett, with saxophonist Jan Garbarek, bassist Palle Danielsson, and drummer, Jon Christensen. Jarrett’s collaboration with the three Scandinavian musicians resulted in a group which became known as the “European Quartet.”
Infamously, Long as You Know You’re Living Yours heavily influenced Gaucho, the title track of Steely Dan’s seventh studio album, released in 1980. The similarities between the two pieces, both of which have prominent saxophone solos, led Jarrett to file a lawsuit for copyright infringement. As a result, he was credited as a co-writer for the Steely Dan song, and subsequently awarded publishing royalties.
Long as You Know You’re Living Yours is infused with a deep Gospel groove. The saxophone and piano solos venture into exotic, modal Moorish territory.
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