This one takes your head for a spin! LIVE JAZZ comes in the clever guise of a folding screen, whose facets, 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 cooool, high-lighted by spearmint. The lemon and grapefruit are peel, not juice. The accord is airy, fresh, bitter green, and almost aquatic. A hint of grassy herbs in the background distinguishes this scent from other "freshies". But sooner than you can change into beach attire, 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 dinner is served! 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 wayyyyy interesting...save for the average projection, and longevity. 4hrs max and it's a skin scent on me. 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 two cultural elements from African-American History: Jazz Music, with Soul Food! -spoke cleverly for it; and despite my resistance, earned a place in my collection. But Is it recommended? I can whole-heartedly testify to it's wear-ability, but not as much for it's performance. Inspite 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 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, unique, comfy. (test it first though).
Live Jazz by Yves Saint Laurent, 1998
Citrus. Floral. Herbaceous. Stunning. A great summer scent. Very refreshing I love it I can't wait for summer to wear it again
This is a concentrated version of L'eau par Kenzo. Both have the zesty minty lemon top & leafy green middle with a slight vanilla ending. Only the YSL is much more noticeable from beginning to end. Both great scents for the Spring/Summer months. I dont get the Cool Water comparisons at all.
Very nice summer fragrance. I also love to wear this beauty around the office. It's classy and smooth enough to not offend anyone. Five stars for sure!
Mint, mint, minty mint. If you don't like the smell of mint I'm telling you right now, STAY AWAY. However, should you be someone who also feels uplifted and refreshed by the smell of fresh mint then by all means get on the wagon. Live Jazz opens with a sharp and vibrant blast of cool mint tinged with a great grapefruit and lemon note. Nothing 'toothpastey' about it. Though I cannot say that it smells like natural mint either, it definitely doesn't smell synthetic. Perhaps this is the other notes fuzzing it up. And fuzz it up in a good way they do. While sharp and quite powerful, Live Jazz never feels overwhelming. Strong but not thuggish in its persistence I never feel like its driving a nail in my head. However, I can imagine this being one that would really make you feel sick if you already had a headache. As Live Jazz dries down a floral quality begins to show. I understand no flowers are listed in its creation, but this is what I get. A subtle and slightly creamy rosy sort of accord. Maybe it's the rhubarb coming into play as I have no idea what rhubarb actually smells like. But I'd bet my money on the coriander as the doppleganger. All the while the mint plays on while vanilla harmonizes. Live Jazz seems to have excellent projection and decent longevity. No major quibbles there. But I'd say about 3 sprays max or you'll really be gassing people. The stuff is so invigorating and sharp that I really don't see any problem with using it in cooler weather either. It'll get noticed just fine. If you're looking for something very masculine, this probably isn't it. Very unisex. But if you enjoy mint do try. This is one of the most uplifting and fresh fragrances I've ever tried and retains character through and through unlike many that lose their initial charm after their topnotes fade away. Well blended and smelling of quality ingredients. Great stuff. Thumbs up!
I love coriander in my food. The taste of it, the smell of it, the look of it - all of it. I can't get enough of the stuff. Turns out I don't love it in a cologne. While the other notes sound like they're right up my alley, the mighty coriander completely overpowers them. The result is nauseating, and one of the very few colognes I've had to scrub off as fast as humanly possible. I suspect this one might be heavily skin dependent. I barely noticed the coriander on a test strip but could smell nothing else on my wrists.
I purchased this fragrance blind buy and have used it about five times so far. It just does not smell pleasant on my skin and my female student assistants agree. The last time I wore it, I washed it off after two hours because it was getting on my (olfactory) nerves. I felt that I was wearing Lemon Pledge Furniture Polish with cilantro thrown in for an altogether train wreck of a scent. Fragrances normally smell sweeter on me than most, but this one is just plain poor smelling on my skin. I know that fragrances change on everyone's skin, but this one does not *play nice* with mine.
Glorified citric urinal tablet. Has that headache-inducing hypersynthetic piercingly-citric canned freshness that blights far too many masculines. Boredom in a bottle. My most regretted blind buy even the person who took it off me for free did so grudgingly. Jazz? Muzak for public lavatories more like.
Grapefruit, fresh mint, wood and later ambergris form a very lively and refreshing summer scent that I enjoy. Not a complicated composition, but convincing. Poor sillage and two hours of longevity - that is longer than many other summer scents.
As soon as I dabbed this on, this one put a smile on my face. YSL scents like Kouros, M7, Libre, etc. are more controversial, but this one is very safe. It's in the fresh/citrus category. It reminds me of a bright optimistic shiny sunny day. This is a fragrance of mirth, cheerfulness and high spirits. I smell the grapefruit and lemon definitely. There's a bit of mint and cilantro as well. The mint is not the best quality and the cilantro may be too strong for some people. I think this one is great for the summer. This is YSL's take on a fresh fragrance. While I don't think this towers above most of the fresh fragrances out there, the price is right. Rating: 7/10
Live Jazz by Yves Saint Laurent, 1998
|Top Notes||Bitter Lemon Peel, Grapefruit, Iced Mint.|
|Middle Notes||Coriander, Wild Reed, Rhubarb Leaf.|
|Base Notes||Cedarwood, Ambergris, Hint of Vanilla|
|By||Yves Saint Laurent|
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