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Jazz (1988)
by Yves Saint Laurent


Jazz information

Year of Launch1988
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 459 votes)

People and companies

HouseYves Saint Laurent
PerfumerJean-François Latty
Parent CompanyL'Oréal Group > YSL Beaute
Parent Company at launchYves Saint Laurent

About Jazz

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 YSL after it reacquired the rights to its beauty business back from Charles of the Ritz in 1987.

Jazz fragrance notes

Reviews of Jazz

First fragrance I ever bought back in 1991 was Jazz. I was 14 years old. I bought it because I smelt it on the Father of one of my friends and because several girls at school had said they liked it. I can remember the first day I wore it. I felt 10 feet tall. Will forever remind me of being a kid. Looking back I don't think it was amazing stuff but the memories are!!
15th November, 2017 (last edited: 29th November, 2017)
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
18th April, 2017
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."
15th October, 2015
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.
15th August, 2015
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. “
Thelonious Monk

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18th May, 2015
A nice lavender and spice combination. Starts off a bit urinal cakey. Not bad, not that nice either.
13th April, 2015

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