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Replica Jazz Club (2013)
by Martin Margiela


Replica Jazz Club information

Year of Launch2013
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 146 votes)

People and companies

HouseMartin Margiela
Parent CompanyL'Oréal Group > Prestige & Collections

About Replica Jazz Club

Replica Jazz Club is a masculine fragrance by Martin Margiela. The scent was launched in 2013

Replica Jazz Club fragrance notes

Reviews of Replica Jazz Club

Spicy, boozy, tobacco that has been framed by styrax in the dry down. Not terrible but I would have liked it better without the pepper and styrax undertone. Agree that it's overdone. Simpler construction of notes would've been more appealing IMO. Could easily be loud or offensive if over applied. Lasted an eternity on my skin.
05th February, 2021
With the liquor and tobacco, this reminds me of Frapin's Speakeasy. I note a number of other good comparisons in the prior reviews. While I enjoyed getting through my sample, I have to agree that there's not much jazzy or Avant Garde going on here. It's very smooth and almost trying too hard to be liked. But did I like it nonetheless? Yes. An easy-wearing, consistent masculine.
18th January, 2021
I too got the strange development post the initial blast of rum and tobacco.
What developed on my skin was a minerally vegetal celery, perhaps the clary sage interacting with the peppercorns.

A shame because this has the same beautiful development of layers akin to all MM fragrances.

Certainly not something I will but because it does not work on my skin. Test before you buy!
12th December, 2020
I can see why it would work well for others, and it has a certain amount of complexity I can admire. However, I’m disappointed at this one. I get none of the top notes—from the get go, it’s all rum and tobacco and something else I can’t put my finger on, but I don’t like it. It really doesn’t work well with my body chemistry, I think, and it ends up smelling quite generic, like a drugstore men’s cologne. But boy does this cling like a mofo! Gooooood staying power.
02nd November, 2019
I have quite a few stories of fragrances that sound absolutely up my alley from the notes that end up disappointing. Jazz Club is definitely one of them. Right at the opening I get the rum and tobacco that I'm looking for, however, within minutes the scent starts to develop in really strange ways I can't quite wrap my head around. When the notes start to blend together I get this off-putting buttery quality. As if movie popcorn could go sour. This isn't the first time I've had a well-liked boozy fragrance "go sour" on me. Same happened with Bentley Intense, so I'm not quite sure what could be happening. Likely a personal issue, so your mileage may vary. But, I have to give this a thumbs down as I feel like scrubbing it off.
24th September, 2019
Replica is a line by Maison Martin Margiela that tries to capture moments in time, much like Byredo does with their "scent memories", but with more specificity. Jazz Club (2013) is an attempt to create the ambiance of the obvious, and mixes woody aromatics, spices, booze, tobacco, and a semi-animalic base to give off a convincing snapshot of a sweaty night at your favorite dimly-lit hangout. I think the idea is captured pretty brilliantly here, and the overall accord achieved pushes the idea first conjured by scents like Aramis Havana (1994) or Creed Tabaróme Millésime (2000) to something a bit more realized, albeit perhaps not as enjoyable to some (especially fans of the aforementioned). It's also a rare thing to see a tobacco fragrance in the 21st century that isn't absolutely drowning in tonka bean, letting the leafiness of the main note sit alone in the base and shine, as opposed to being thickened and enriched into something rounder like what you catch coming from a pipe smoker, which is what the "tonkabacco" fragrances usually go for. For these reasons, I rather enjoy Replica Jazz Club, although I also admit this is an area very well-worn by designers, meaning anything pricier in the niche segment like Maison Martin Margiela better come packing heat if it hopes to make a dent.

The opening of Jazz Club is sweet citrus and peppercorn, with neroli and lemon easing us into the earthier portions of the scent in mere minutes once they fade from sight. The peppercorn hangs around for a while until a rather old-school barbershop-ish heart of vetiver, clary sage, and a rum note show up. This is a pseudo bay-rumish kind of a mixture, and helps the "jazz club" theme by bringing the booze and the masculine whiff of aftershaves all in one. The tobacco is where this gets beautiful however, recalling a bit of the aforementioned Havana with how it mixes into the rum note, but staying away from being too dated in the eyes of it's potential market by lacking the oakmoss. Instead, we get a dry vanilla, styrax, and bright Iso E Super finish which acts sort of like the wood paneling of the jazz club itself. The final accord of cigarettes, booze, worn wood bar tops, and stinging sweat finishes out Replica Jazz Club brilliantly, and although there are still way better designer tobaccos for far less on the market, the imaginative execution on display here is not to be missed. Wear time is pretty average, and sillage is surprisingly not a monster despite the subject matter, and of course this is best worn on a night out, preferably in fall or winter, but cool summer nights work too if you live in a temperate enough area for that.

Replica Jazz Club is sold as a unisex scent, but this registers as thoroughly masculine to my nose, for what it's worth. MSRP will have you a bit above the standard designer fare, but Maison Martin Margiela is no super-luxe niche house like Roja Dove or Clive Christian, so you can easily find this in department stores or cosmetic shops like Sephora, where entry-level niche brands are handled (like Juliette Has a Gun, Atelier Cologne, etc). I'm not sure this vibe entirely suits me, as I'm a bit more finicky about my tobacco scents than most if I'm the one wearing them (I used to be a smoker), but I'd never be displeased smelling this on someone else. Rich, earthy, boozy, dry, yet still somehow casual and inviting, Replica Jazz Club is a surefire winner for someone looking to both enter the niche world without a huge investment, and wanting something that isn't an ambroxan bomb, aquatic freshie, or old-fashioned oakmoss hammer, but still wants to come across unmistakably masculine. The bottle and label is a bit gimmicky in that scientific way Le Labo also is, but I can forgive them for that. Go try and see for yourself as again, this is too commonly found for you to take the word of any review. Thumbs up!
14th August, 2019

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