Finally happy to try this as I've heard much about it, and YSL Jazz harkens back to the both the power fragrance era and the end of the era during which fougeres were prominent, as it seems to be both a bit of a fougere as well as a heavier spicier winter order.
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.
7 out of 10
This is a very interesting take on the classic fougere genre. It is well balanced and quite light, compared to the heavier fougeres of the 1980s.
For me it begins with a combo of citrus and leather. It is both dry and fizzy with an increasing animalic background. The somewhat sharp and bitter dry down fights with the overlying sweetness, so ultimately it is not a winner in my book.
Points, however, for originality.
Turin gave it four stars and dubbed it a "fresh fougere."
It's the most complex scent ever made to my modest nose. What a marvellous fragrance dedicated to real and finest men! Jazz makes you attractive and self-confident with women.
One of my most complimented fragrances for sure! Perfect for a romantic date with a black suit...jackpot!
An aromatic fougère that never bores me.
In my top 5.
A masterpiece 9,8/10
Ps : my review for the original bottle as displayed here.
I was eighteen when I bought my very one special Jazz! For the first time I wore a perfume that forced me to grow... The very idea of jazz was far away from me in those days, but this perfume threw me into the world of jazz with an enthusiastic approach typical of my age. Not so normal that a perfume tell a story! In this case it was music to become didactically a photocopy of the emotions of the perfume.
As jazz music is, this perfume is cool, and it had a very “innovative” style in that period! As modern jazz It was characterized by its relaxed tempos (sandalwood, moss) and lighter tone (lavender, bergamot) in contrast to the bebop style of contemporary perfumery: in fact It was contrary to the perfumery bubbly that flowed from the 80s and different from the nonsense that were saturating the market in the 90s.
It wasn’t characterized by very fast times and innovative harmonics combinations of new chemical notes, it was hardly a classic!
Definitely a gothic boy wearing jazz was not just normal! Maybe I was just a conceptual goth and that profusion of black velvets and leather tinged with a purple touch was only my idea of carnation, amber and lavender.
“I say, play your own way. Don’t play what the public wants. You play what you want and let the public pick up on what you’re doing? even if it does take them fifteen, twenty years. “
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A nice lavender and spice combination. Starts off a bit urinal cakey. Not bad, not that nice either.
And finally I've found the roots of famous "YSL Rive Gauche". it has the same vibe but fresher and more versatile.
A beautiful and mesmerizing classic fragrance that I quite enjoy smelling it on my skin.
The opening of this fragrance is a fresh and clean kind of smell with good support of spices in the background. they grouped this as "Woody Aromatic" but I believe it's more like an "Aromatic Spicy" fragrance.
The freshness isn't citrusy or fruity like modern fragrances that we can see nowadays. the freshness is based on lavender with only touch of bergamot. the lavender note with help of bergamot giving the scent an aromatic bitter herbal kind of feel that gives the scent a fresh and clean and almost soapy aroma. some spices and very mellow floral notes can be sniffed in this part but not that much.
As time passes and in the mid I'm getting almost the same smell but now the spices are bolder with some woods in the background, a little stronger floral notes and some sweetness to give the scent a little warmth. the whole feeling of the scent is a bitter, herbal, mossy, green, fresh, floral, a little sweet and bold spicy that reminds me of being clean and energized. the smell is very familiar to my nose because I can remember soaps back in 80's and 90's used to smell like this but much more simplistic. that's why this fragrance gives me being clean feel.
It's a great choice if you like classic fragrance and it's spring time. also an amazing choice for when you just did take a shower.
Come out, spray this on your skin and feel 100 of times more clean and refreshed.
Projection is really good and Longevity is around 6 hours on my skin.