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Steve Donoghue from England wrote on July 11, 2018 at 2:53 pm:
I didn't know your dad but I was a fan of Colosseum, Colosseum II and Tempest, and also your Mum's... Read more
I didn't know your dad but I was a fan of Colosseum, Colosseum II and Tempest, and also your Mum's band Paraphernalia. He sounded like a decent chap, condolences to you all.P
Dr. Gerd Rudel from Germany wrote on July 11, 2018 at 2:33 pm:
Am 12. Juni 2018, neun Tage vor seinem 74. Geburtstag, ist Jon Hiseman an den Folgen eines Gehirntumors und den... Read more
Am 12. Juni 2018, neun Tage vor seinem 74. Geburtstag, ist Jon Hiseman an den Folgen eines Gehirntumors und den Komplikationen nach zwei Operationen gestorben. Für seine Familie (seine Frau Barbara Thompson, mit der er seit 50 Jahren verheiratet war, seine Tochter Ana Gracey und seinen Sohn Marcus), die unendlich vielen Musiker*innen, mit denen er im Laufe seiner Karriere zusammenspielte, für die vielen Freunde, Bekannten und Bewunderer, denen er in der einen oder anderen Weise bei ihren eigenen Projekten unterstützend und beratend zur Seite stand, für die Jazz- und Rock-Szene insgesamt ist dies ein unermesslicher Verlust. Hiseman, der sich in Jazzbands genauso wohl fühlte wie in Rock-Formationen, war nicht nur ein großartiger Schlagzeuger, der durch sein technisches Können und seine Virtuosität überzeugte, ja oft genug verblüffte. Sein Schlagzeugspiel stand vielmehr immer im Dienste seiner Gruppen, das Zusammenspiel, der Band-Sound war ihm immer wichtiger als das eigene Ego. Seine Biografie ist nicht zufällig „Playing the Band“ (ein übrigens sehr, sehr lesenswertes Buch!) betitelt. Dieses Motto fasst seine musikalische Karriere prägnant zusammen. Einem breiteren Publikum bekannt geworden ist Jon Hiseman als Mitbegründer und Leader von Colosseum, jener Band, die von 1969 bis 1971 mit drei Studio-LPs und einer Live-LP (meiner Meinung nach: bis heute unerreichte!) Maßstäbe in Sachen Jazzrock und Prog-Rock setzte. 1994 kam es zu einer Reunion, die bis zum endgültigen Abschiedskonzert am 28. Februar 2015 in London währte und den Fans noch drei Studio- und zwei Live-Platten auf gewohnt hohem Niveau bescherte. Neben seinem Wirken im Rockbereich (wozu auch die Colosseum-Nachfolger Tempest und Colosseum II sowie die erst jüngst ins Leben gerufene JCM-Band gehören) war Hiseman aber schon immer, und das ist vielleicht weniger bekannt, ein gefragter Jazz-Schlagzeuger: im New Jazz Orchestra in den sechziger Jahren oder bei Et Cetera (wo er mit Larry Coryell und Wolfgang Dauner spielte), in der von seiner Frau geleiteten Gruppe „Paraphernalia“ und nicht zuletzt im United Jazz & Rock Ensemble, in der sich die Crême de la Crême des europäischen Jazz ein Stelldichein gab. Dazu kamen eine Vielzahl von Kollaborationen, die hier aufzuzählen zu weit führen würde. Viele der Platten, auf denen er mitgespielt hat, stehen in meinem LP- und CD-Schrank, viele andere habe ich in digitalisierter Form. Ich kann guten Gewissens behaupten: Da ist keine dabei, die ich nicht zumindest als hörenswert einstufen würde. Viele davon, vor allem die Colosseum– und UJ&RE-Platten habe ich über die Jahre hinweg dutzende Male gehört, ohne dass dies jemals langweilig gewesen wäre. Etliche davon würde ich als absolute Meisterwerke einstufen, so zum Beispiel die Doppel-LP „Colosseum live“ von 1971. Wenn Jon Hiseman irgendwo mitspielt, dann bürgt das für musikalische Top-Qualität. Ich habe den Eindruck, dieses Qualitätsbewusstsein übertrug sich auch auf seine Musiker-Kollegen. Chris Farlowe beispielsweise ist in seiner langen Laufbahn nie und nirgends besser gewesen als auf den Colosseum-Veröffentlichungen. Ähnliches gilt wohl auch für Clem Clempson, diesen leider immer noch unterbewerteten Gitarristen. Man höre nur die Vielseitigkeit, mit der er auf der JCM-Platte „Heroes“ besticht. Ich selbst habe Hiseman vier Mal live erleben dürfen: 1971 in London, 2011 in Nürnberg, 2014 in Berlin, jeweils mit Colosseum und 1978 in München mit dem UJ&R-Ensemble. Jedes dieser Konzerte war für mich ein unvergessliches Erlebnis. Jon Hisemans Präsenz und Präzision, seine unglaubliche technische Virtuosität waren beeindruckend. Dazu kam: seine menschliche Ausstrahlung und Wärme, sein Understatement und sein durch und durch britischer Humor. Jon Hiseman, das merkte ich auch, als er nach dem Berliner Konzert für mich sein Buch signierte und wir ein paar Sätze wechseln konnten, war kein Musiker auf dem Ego-Trip, sondern ein freundlicher und zugewandter Mensch. Das wird auch sehr deutlich, wenn man die vielen, sehr persönlichen und berührenden Statements liest, die auf der Colosseum-Fanpage seit dem Bekanntwerden seiner Krankheit und heute nach seinem Tod von Freunden, Musikern und Fans aus aller Welt veröffentlicht wurden. Mit Jon Hiseman verlieren wir einen gleichermaßen sympathischen wie großartigen Musiker. Wir werden ihn vermissen. Was bleibt, ist das immense und so wertvolle musikalische Erbe, das er hinterlässt. Die allerletzte Platte, jene schon erwähnte von JCM, heißt „Heroes„. Damit zollen Jon Hiseman, Clem Clempson und Mark Clarke ihren musikalischen Helden, die schon verstorben sind, einen schönen musikalischen Tribut.
Eric Fitch from United Kingdom wrote on July 11, 2018 at 2:17 pm:
I was shocked and so sad at the passing of Jon. I have followed his, and Barbara's, career since 1967... Read more
I was shocked and so sad at the passing of Jon. I have followed his, and Barbara's, career since 1967 and I feel that we have lost a great musician who had much more to offer. I was so pleased to have been present at the last Colosseum gig in London when he, and all the other band members, were on top form. Condolences to Barbara and family.
Jan Kowalczyk from United Kingdom wrote on July 11, 2018 at 1:20 pm:
Such sad news...one of my first musical heroes, hearing Valentyne Suite at the age of 13 in 1970 and following... Read more
Such sad news...one of my first musical heroes, hearing Valentyne Suite at the age of 13 in 1970 and following ever since ..a truly great musician./composer.. Big condolences to all
Lado from Slovenia wrote on July 11, 2018 at 12:49 pm:
Thank you Jon for great music and koncerts (especially the last one in Vienna Avstria 13.apr.2018 in Porgy&Bess Club with... Read more
Thank you Jon for great music and koncerts (especially the last one in Vienna Avstria 13.apr.2018 in Porgy&Bess Club with JCM band) I'm a fan of Jon Hisemana since 1969. In my collection are all Lp and Cd. I am very proud to have signed it all for Jon. The most memorable for me is the picture with Jon, Mark and Clem at a concert in Vienna in April 2018.
Stephen Eyers from UK wrote on July 11, 2018 at 11:37 am:
I'm not a musician or a drummer - just a music fan. I've seen many bands in the last 50... Read more
I'm not a musician or a drummer - just a music fan. I've seen many bands in the last 50 years, but Colosseum were my favourite and Jon was the best drummer I ever saw. Not only a great and talented musician but a lovely man. Always had time for his fans. I will treasure the t-shirt that he gave me at a gig, which he remembered to bring specially. Can't really believe you have gone. But thanks for everything - so sad - you will be greatly missed. RIP Jon.
Ronnie Barker from Wales uk wrote on July 11, 2018 at 10:27 am:
I first heard Coliseum on John Peels top gear on a Sunday afternoon before they issued their first album I... Read more
I first heard Coliseum on John Peels top gear on a Sunday afternoon before they issued their first album I was so enthralled by what I heard I wanted more I purchased their album as soon as it came out and continually played it I first saw them live at the Marquee club in Soho They didn’t disappoint ether ,in fact they were even better live I was mesmarisd by Johns drumming all beautifully timed with the rest of the band and of course Dick playing 2 saxaphones at the same time I started following their gigs all over the country and was never disappointed It was sadness in my heart when they broke up but of course Jon was still playing so all was not lost Coliseum were a band ahead of their time and I think most of his fans including me thought that We were listening to music of the future and even more so to a drummer who to me made ginger Baker look very ordinary When the band reformed in 1994 you would have to think if they would lose any of their style and panache after all those years gone by Oh no none of it they were just as good if not somehow better Even if Chris Farlow could not quite get the high notes as he did before it made no difference to the sound The drumming of Jon was as brilliant as ever In fact I had the same experience as when I first saw them back in 1969 Jon I miss you so much and your wonderful music I still have my happy memories and I still have all your albums To you Barbara and Anna and the rest of your family my sincere condolences and I know Jon will not be forgotten and neither will his music RIP Jon Hiseman rest in peace you will never be forgotten
Tim Ridley wrote on July 11, 2018 at 10:17 am:
With Jon’s passing a huge part of my musical upbringing has gone with him. At school in the 70’s my... Read more
With Jon’s passing a huge part of my musical upbringing has gone with him. At school in the 70’s my first introduction to his spectacular playing was through ALW’s ‘Variations’. To a kid who only listened to classical and ALW (!) this was a revelation - I promptly looked out the Colosseum II LPs, and the knock-on was a lifelong love of fusion and progressive rock. I was lucky enough to fix Paraphernalia for a gig at Marlborough College, exchanging emails with Barbara and Jon and finally getting to meet two of my all-time musical heroes. Chatting to Jon at the gig I was humbled by his down-to-earth musician-to-musician respect with me as I bombarded him with questions such as “what time signature is ‘Listen To The Plants’ in” (answer - “ I don’t know, but I can tell you how to play it!”). I have my signed copies of Playing the Band and About Time Too as further special memories. Now Director of Music in a senior school, I ensure the youth of today are aware of greatness from the past. In the minibus yesterday, returning from a Music Tour, I played ‘Intergalactic Strut’ over the speakers. As the magnificently detailed, yet rock steady alternating 4/4 5/4 groove filled the bus, the kids looked up from their phones and were engrossed in the wonderful musicianship on display. RIP Jon, and love to all your family. One of the world’s greatest has been taken from us.
Mike Grove from UK wrote on July 11, 2018 at 9:02 am:
So sad to have only just heard of Jon's passing. My condolences to Barbara and the family. I was such... Read more
So sad to have only just heard of Jon's passing. My condolences to Barbara and the family. I was such a fan in their Paraphernalia years, particularly with Dill Katz and Colin Dudman. Listening to Aliyah live, now, goosebumps...
Kari Kukkonen from Finland wrote on July 11, 2018 at 8:18 am:
On Saturday the 22nd of August in 1970 the 5 piece Colosseum played as the main act at the first... Read more
On Saturday the 22nd of August in 1970 the 5 piece Colosseum played as the main act at the first Finnish ”Woodstock” called Ruisrock. They were awesome and I became a lifelong fan of theirs. I was a bassist but Jon appeared to be my hero number one, a world star from UK. At first I didn't understand why this was, but later I have understood it fully. Of course the whole band and the music was superb but Jon was just above all. At the time I could not possibly imagine that one day I would have the chance to sit in the same small table with him. I did not have that dream but this happened in 2011 when Colosseum played Keitelejazz in Finland where I had the honor to host the band during their 3 day stay. On Saturday Jon said ”It's a lunch time” and we (my wife and me) went for a lunch together with the lovely couple Jon and Barbara. We walked through the city center to one of the best restaurants in town, had the lunch talking about quite normal things and Jon taking good care of Barbara. Since 1993 we had met several times but never like this. For the last time I was in contact with Jon on the 5th of May 2018, so 3 days before the first operation, when I got a message from him to my phone. I won`t tell the content of the message here. Thank You Jon for all nice memories You gave us during about 50 years. Our condolences and best wishes to Barbara, Ana and Marcus.

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