Xavier Pamplona is an enigma, a mythic figure and the name of an ensemble with well-known names from Amsterdam’s jazz and improvised music scene. The group was founded in 2016 by double bassist/composer Raoul van der Weide and reflects important influences from composing improvisers en their ensembles, in which he took part from 1978 to the present: Tristan Honsinger, Maarten Altena, Bert Koppelaar (Punt-Uit Orkest), Guus Janssen (Septet en Orchestra), Paul Termos Trio, Burton Greene Trio and Quartet, Michael Scheen (Blue Lines Trio and Sextet) and Jan Willem van der Ham. The group also references the jazz traditions with so-called ‘traces/insertions’, allusions to musicians such as Mingus, Monk and Steve Lacy, which become points of orientation for group improvisation with freedom for individual input. ‘Van der Weide’s mission with this septet is to pass on the influence of composer/improvisers of the first decades to a new generation. This young generation definitely knows its way around this musical heritage, because their playing exudes joy’ (Draai om je oren).