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Jazz (1988)
by Yves Saint Laurent


Jazz information

Year of Launch1988
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 492 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

YSL Jazz EDT Splash (Vintage Black and White bottle) -

Straight-ahead. This isn't fusion or rock 'n' roll.

This is a walking upright bass and a swinging ride cymbal. A locked in rhythm section that can hold it down for hours while the soloists out front explore the tune.

Think of the legendary Miles Davis Quintet from the mid-50's. Straight-ahead, all the way.

4.5 stars
02nd February, 2021
Leshutch Show all reviews
United Kingdom
I have a bottle from cir. 1995. It is too emotive to give a fair review as this scent takes me back to my college days and all of the memories associated with that time (1991 +)

It is a lovely 90s carnation-cedarwood fragrance that will probably mean something to people that are already searching out a bottle. However, it isn't worth buying if you are not familiar with it already.
25th June, 2020
Has that Kouros opening that is borderline unpleasant but in the dry down it weakens but still nothing to wear often. One of those you need to sample 1st. I did not do that and wish I had. Really not my thing cause it is that barber shop smell. Nice bottle though.
04th November, 2019
The trick with Jazz is that people will like it and dislike it for exactly the same reason.

Jazz is, as has been described in painstaking detail by other reviewers before me, a safe, spicy fougere. It harkens back to the 19th century, and it accomplishes this feat spectacularly well, and that is where you will get the division among people. Some will say -- myself included -- that this is a fragrance that is a reference to 19th and early 20th century fougeres that hits the nail on the head as being a well-thought out and well-crafted creation. Others will say that it is a fougere that smells old, dated, and unoriginal. The irony of course is that YSL was purposely trying to smell like "the original." And it does smell "old" and "dated." That's the point. When you smell this for the first time, you should and probably will be saying to yourself "Man, this is something my Dad/Grandpa would wear," and you'd be right, though you could probably throw Great-Grandpa and Great-Great Grandpa into the mix and still not be inaccurate. This smells like a barbershop without the shaving cream. Now, Rive Gauche pour Homme (2003), also by YSL, is the go-to barbershop scent around here, and it is a favorite of mine. I also prefer it to Jazz, but once Jazz starts to dry down and that sharpness fades, you will begin to se a lot of similarities between the two, especially with the lavender and geranium notes.

This is a solid fragrance and it does its job well, but like two-tone spectator shoes, it seems out of place today. It's a scent that will have people thinking that you're either hip enough that you can rock the super old-school vibe, or that you're just completely out of touch and wearing something you raided from Grandpa's medicine cabinet when you were cleaning out his house to sell after he died. I rarely wear this, and when I do, it's to enjoy its historical significance and to break the monotony. Don't expect to woo anybody with this unless you're courting history buffs or people who actually were alive during the Hoover administration.

A liver-spotted, arthritic thumbs-up on this one.
30th May, 2019
Fousty herbal-aromatic fougère with an oriental ground; this may be called Jazz but it's no way avant-garde, more like some boring old Trad band in a mouldy cellar.


Black and white stripe mini
14th March, 2019 (last edited: 15th March, 2019)
Fancy, spicy fougere that defies usual definition and is genuinely a joy to wear.

YSL's Jazz is still in production, and I am not surprised. Jazz really reminds me of Christian Dior's Eau Sauvage, both being fresh and with bergamot / lemon goodness, along with additional spice, wood, and floral notes. It evokes feelings of well-being and is enjoyable to wear for most any occasion.
24th August, 2018

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