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Jon Hiseman (born: Philip John Hiseman) died on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. The English drum virtuoso started his professional career in 1966. It was then that he joined the Graham Bond Organisation (where he replaced Ginger Baker, who left to form Cream). The next step for Mr. Hiseman was John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, where he met the musicians who went on to form Colosseum with him – a band Jon Hiseman is remembered for to this day. Despite the fact that the band was in existence only for four years (1968 – 1971), their three studio releases and the classic “Colosseum Live” album left an indelible mark in the history of music.

Coloseum's Jon Hiseman dies

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Jon Hiseman‘s musical C.V. also includes such acts and artists as Tempest (featuring Allan Holdsworth), Colosseum II (featuring Gary Moore), Andrew Lloyd Webber, Ginger Baker, and his wife Barbara Thompson. He also operated a recording studio in London, as well as a music publishing company called Temple Music.

His drumming philosophy was: “Don’t play the drums, play the band. If you play the band, the drums will play themselves.”

The cause of death was complications resulting from a brain tumour removal surgery. Jon Hiseman passed away just 9 days before his 74th birthday.

Sources: www.nytimes.com, drummerworld