This one takes your head for a spin!
The flacon of LIVE JAZZ comes in the clever guise of a folding screen. It's multi-facet panels (literally) reflect the essence of Jazz, and the juice inside. The design details of 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 from the Pack. But sooner than you can change into summer gear; a warm creaminess creeps in -brought on by the viscosity of perhaps the rhubarb. This accord transitions into a "mid" -where suddenly, the (dinner) table... Flips !
Amber is the catalyst that begins to "cook" everything in it's warmth. The herbs morph from plant-like, to food-like. Reminiscent of the raw, 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. Personally, vanilla seems to be the one note in this chord that made the whole thing "sickly" and oppressive for me. But I must admit. This is wayyyyyyy interesting...and will no doubt leave few heads unscratched.
LIVE JAZZ is basically a funky trip to Mabel's kitchen. To hear her nephew's jazz trio, improvise ...while she's cooking ! (lol) Certain food-like qualities to this composition (especially the cilantro and rhubarb) may well be Pierre Bourdon's inspired cross reference of Jazz Music with Soul Food ! Which certainly adds intellectual appeal to this fragrance. But does it warrant a recommendation?
In-spite of the intellectual shenanigan -LIVE JAZZ (as an casual 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 just 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,
laid-back. (Worth testing).