Years: 1968 - 1971; 1994 - 2015
Styles: Blues Rock, Jazz Rock, Progressive Rock, Psychedelic Rock
Jim Roche - Guitar (in band: 1968)
Tony Reeves - Bass Guitar (in band: 1968 - 1970)
Dick Heckstall-Smith - Baritone saxophone, Flute, Saxophone, Soprano saxophone, Tenor saxophone, Woodwind (in band: 1968 - 1971; 1994 - 2004)
Jon Hiseman - Drums, Percussion (in band: 1968 - 1971; 1994 - 2015)
Dave Greenslade - Hammond organ, Percussion, Piano, Synthesizer, Vibraphone , Vocals (in band: 1968 - 1971; 1994 - 2015)
James Litherland - Guitar, Vocals (in band: 1968 - 1969)
Clem Clempson - Acoustic guitar , Fender Rhodes , Guitar, Vocals (in band: 1969 - 1971; 1994 - 2015)
Louis Cennamo - Bass Guitar (in band: 1970)
Mark Clarke - Bass Guitar, Vocals (in band: 1970 - 1971; 1994 - 2015)
Chris Farlowe - Vocals (in band: 1970 - 1971; 1994 - 2015)
Barbara Thompson - Alto saxophone, Backing vocals, Baritone saxophone, Flute, Saxophone, Soprano saxophone, Tenor saxophone, Vocals (in band: 1970; 2004 - 2015)
Hiseman and Heckstall-Smith had first met up in the Graham Bond Organisation in 1966 – Hiseman having replaced Ginger Baker, who’d left for Cream. They both left Bond the following year; the drummer joining Georgie Fame’s band, the sax man – who’d earlier been a key figure in Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated – heading for John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. But 1968 saw Hiseman in Mayall’s band as well, the pair of them featuring on the "Bare Wires" album.
Setting up Colosseum was the next move, the plan to fuse jazz and rock leanings and to allow individual talent to flourish within a band framework. The group’s 1969 albums – "Those Who Are About To Die Salute You" and "Valentyne Suite" – saw Hiseman, Heckstall-Smith and Dave Greenslade playing alongside guitarist- vocalist James Litherland and bassist Tony Reeves (Reeves having also come from Mayall). The latter two departed – being replaced by Farlowe, Clempson and Clarke – before the recording of "Daughter of Time" (1970) and "Colosseum Live" (1971).
The album, "The Grass Is Greener", released only in the United States in 1970. After the band split in 1971, Jon Hiseman formed Tempest with bassist Mark Clarke; Dave Greenslade formed Greenslade with Tony Reeves; Clem Clempson joined Humble Pie; Chris Farlowe joined Atomic Rooster; and Dick Heckstall-Smith embarked on a solo career.
Hiseman reformed the group as Colosseum II in 1975, with a stronger orientation towards jazz-fusion rock and a new lineup, featuring guitarist Gary Moore, and Don Airey on keyboards. They released three albums before disbanding in 1978.
Colosseum reunited on June 24, 1994 at the Freiburg Zelt Musik Festival, played their second reunion concert in Cologne on the 28th October at E-Werk, which was followed by a tour in 1995. Hiseman's wife, saxophonist Barbara Thompson, joined the band on various occasions before the death of Dick Heckstall-Smith in December 2004 and has been since a permanent member of the band.
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