A fresh light woody fragrance. An ‘Old School’ classic. The packaging was updated in 1998 when Live Jazz was launched, and is a reverse of the Live Jazz packaging.
Jazz was the first major launch from Yves Saint Laurent after it reacquired the rights to its beauty business back from Charles of the Ritz in 1987.
Virility and strength, both perceptible from the first few notes, reflect fresh and vibrant masculinity carried by coriander. Geranium gives a masculine floral touch then very quickly the whole mood changes with artemisia and cypress, which deliver the measure of a warm, intelligent man with a great aesthetic sense. The classic aromatic fern harmony becomes increasingly singular and evolves into more somber and mysterious moods with patchouli. In the image of the man who reveals all his inner wealth and paradoxes.
I definitely get more “spicy” than “fresh” as I smell Jazz, but it’s indubitably a bit of both. However, the lavender, from the opening through much of the dry down, remains a prominent accord that makes it lean toward fougere. However, the spicy elements of cinnamon, sandalwood, cedar, leather, tobacco, and most notably, oakmoss, take over in the dry down and give Jazz a heavier character than a “true” fougere, perhaps.
I’m not in love with Jazz specifically but I’m fond of the men’s fragrances of the era, as many like this are masculine and strong and harken back to a time now 30 years removed.
As with many vintage 1980s, the performance is just fine, as it projects and lasts plenty.