Monday, July 13, 2020


Jazz is one of the forgotten fragrances of the 80's.  It's an excellent fragrance in every way.  The problem, for me, is that it doesn't distinguish itself enough from the many aromatic fougeres that have been released since the 1970's.

Jazz is a lot like Azzaro Pour Homme: aromatic, spicy and masculine.  Whereas Azzaro's big featured notes are lavender and anise, Jazz separates itself by having a big, fat nutmeg note.  This nutmeg note is also what makes it fit in nicely with so many of the other men's frags that were big in the 80's.  However, it lacks the heft and muscle of the big power scents of that era, and I have to believe that a lot of guys thought it was kind of boring back then.  It's much drier and thinner smelling than Azzaro Pour Homme.  Azzaro has patchouli and a lot more moss than Jazz, and I feel like Jazz smells a little bit skeletal because of that.

The bottle I have is the one pictured above, and I bought it about 12 years ago.  I am fully aware that I have a reformulated version, and that the original had a black and white bottle, but I don't care.  Although I like Jazz, I almost never wear it because it's too similar to both Azzaro Pour Homme and Dunhill Edition, another spicy fougere, and I much prefer those.  Jazz seems to have a cult following, though, which is nice to see because this is a high quality scent that is well composed and well balanced.  Personally, I just find it a little boring.

MY RATING:  8/10


  1. Speaking of “heft and muscle,” have you owned or sampled Jazz Prestige? It’s supposed to have more oomph than the original - and I’d like to try both some day - but neither one is high on my wish list.

  2. I used to wear Jazz (as did seemingly most of the male population of the North of England...!) back in the late 1980s. I had a succession of maybe 2 or 3 of the B&W bottles and some aftershave splash too! I'm with you pretty much on the reformulation debate - I've long since given up chasing unicorns - but I can't deny, this is a fragrance which was much heftier back in its day. It was a cloying spicy monster if more than 2 or 3 sprays were worn whereas the more recent version is how you've described - dry & thin smelling. I much prefer 'Live Jazz' now but that's another fragrance for another day!

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