Colosseum - Best Of / Total Time: 72,50 / Pop Classic / Euroton Audio CD / EUCD-0073
Total Playtime 72:50
Colosseum are a pioneering English progressive jazz-rock band, mixing blues, rock and jazz-based improvisation.
Colosseum, one of the first bands to fuse jazz, rock & blues, were formed in Spring 1968 by drummer Jon Hiseman with tenor sax player Dick Heckstall-Smith, who had previously worked together in the New Jazz Orchestra and in The Graham Bond Organisation, where Hiseman had replaced Ginger Baker in 1966. They met up again early in 1968 when they both played in John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, during which time they played on the Bare Wires album. Childhood friend Dave Greenslade was quickly recruited on organ, as was bass player Tony Reeves who had also known both Hiseman and Greenslade since being teenage musicians in South East London. The band's line-up was completed, after lengthy auditions, by Jim Roche on guitar and James Litherland (guitar & vocals), although Roche only recorded one track before departing.
- Dave "Clem" Clempson – guitar, vocals (1969–1971, 1994–2015, 2020–)
- Mark Clarke – bass, vocals (1970–1971, 1994–2015, 2020–)
- Chris Farlowe – vocals (1970–1971, 1994–2015, 2020–)
- Kim Nishikawara – saxophones (2020–)
- Adrian Askew – organ (2020–)
- Malcolm Mortimore – drums (2020–)
- Jon Hiseman – drums (1968–1971, 1994–2015; died 2018)
- Dave Greenslade – organ, vocals (1968–1971, 1994–2015)
- Dick Heckstall-Smith – saxophones (1968–1971, 1994–2004)
- James Litherland – guitar, vocals (1968–1969)
- Tony Reeves – bass (1968–1970, 1999 live - substitute for Mark Clarke)
- Jim Roche – guitar (1968)
- Louis Cennamo – bass (1970)
- Barbara Thompson – saxophones (2004–2015)
- Paul Williams – vocals (1999 live - substitute for Chris Farlowe)
Colosseum perform 'Those About To Die' at the reunion concert, Cologne,1994
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