This one takes your head for a spin!
LIVE JAZZ comes in the clever guise of a folding screen, whose panels, literally reflect the multi-dimensional aspects of the fragrance, and it's namesake. The design details on the bottle are all about Contrast ! -And if you can't already guess, you're going to find out WHY!
The Opening blast is lemony cool, high-lighted by spearmint. The lemon and grapefruit are more peel, than juice. The accord is airy, fresh, bitter green, and "ozonic". A hint of grassy herbs in the background distinguishes this scent. But sooner than you can change into summer shorts; a creaminess creeps in -brought on by the amber in the base. Like someone threw in a bar of DOVE moisturizing soap. This accord transitions into the "mid" -where the (Dinner) table, flips !
Spicy nutmeg is the catalyst that begins to "cook" everything in it's warmth. The herbs morph from plant-like, to food-like; reminiscent of the minty, lemony dish of seasoning that come on the side with your Vietnamese Noodle Soup -dominated by coriander (read cilantro), and simmering in a creamy rhubarb broth. What keeps this from turning altogether savory, is the sweetness of vanilla in the base, throbbing like a consistent beat. This is wayyyyyyy interesting...and will no doubt leave a few heads scratched.
LIVE JAZZ is basically a Funky trip to Mabel's kitchen, to hear her nephew's jazz trio improvise, while she's COOKING ! (lol) The brilliance of this fragrance to cross-reference African-American History for it's inspiration: Jazz Music, with Soul Food ! -spoke cleverly for it. Does it warrant my recommendation?
In-spite of the intellectual shenanigan -LIVE JAZZ (as an everyday fragrance) is ultimately an unpretentious, versatile, and unique, alternative scent. It all depends on whether you have room on your Playlist -for something as interesting, but as flawed as...well, Live Jazz !
Longevity: 7/10 (base notes)
Projection (fall temperatures): 6/10 (in mid)
Art/Creatives: 8/10 (bottle and concept)
How: year round, daytime, casual, free-spirited,
chill'd. (worth testing). Some may not appreciate
smelling like a salad with vanilla dressing !
12 October, 2012 (Last Edited: 05 November, 2013)