Jon Hiseman, 73, drummer who melded rock, jazz
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.”