Jon Hise­man, 73, drummer who melded rock, jazz

The Republican Herald - - OBITUARIES - BY JON PARELES

Jon Hise­man, 73, the Bri­tish drummer, com­poser and pro­gres­sive-rock in­no­va­tor who led the bands Colos­seum and Tem­pest and played in many other groups, died early Tues­day in Sut­ton, Eng­land.

His son, Mar­cus, said the cause was com­pli­ca­tions of surgery that Hise­man un­der­went in May to re­move a brain tu­mor. He had lived in Sut­ton, a sub­urb of Lon­don, be­fore en­ter­ing hospice care there.

He ex­plained his phi­los­o­phy in a 2004 in­ter­view: “Don’t play the drums, play the band. If you play the band, the drums will play them­selves.”

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