YSL Jazz and Jazz Prestige remind me of another combo I have in my wardrobe - Ralph Lauren Polo Green and Polo Crest.
Just like Polo Green, the original Jazz leans more serious and mature, while being a very well blended composition especially in vintage form. A reliable pull year-round that simply just "smells good". No need to over think it and no wonder it is still in production since 1988.
Now for Jazz Prestige, which just like Polo Crest, was unable to find a foothold and has been long discontinued. Prestige presents itself with an instantly recognizable DNA to it's big brother, but with a composition that leans more laid back with a daring blend of notes floating all around like Mint, Apple, Ginger, and a slightly smoky-sweet Tobacco accord that must be a combo of Benzoin, Patchouli and Sandalwood.
I'm not exactly sure what I'm smelling with this one as the progression through the notes is definitely unique (minty tobacco?), but with a name like Prestige, it must be some form of high quality art. Performance for both fragrances are very close and will last for the better part of 6-8 hours.
Jazz Prestige is a worthy flanker to its stalwart big brother and would be a plus to any collection. Although, as a discontinued fragrance, Prestige has taken on a reverence normally reserved only for dead movie stars of yore so its bloated price tag on the gray market is a big minus.
Final verdict - I personally prefer the original Jazz over Prestige, especially vintage in the black and white bottle. It is unmistakably masculine and projects a very satisfying "aura" around you that, as I said at the top, just smells good.
If you, like me, think YSL Jazz is a nice fragrance that could have been better if the perfumer had tamed that annoying slightly medicinal accord that complements the spicy refreshing green smell, than you should try Jazz prestige.
What a nice spicy green fougere! A faceted Jazz, more versatile and easy-going, although still 80s style. In my opinion, better than the original. It's a pitty It's so rare nowadays.
I approached Prestige with some trepidation, I'm not a fan of 90's fresh fougeres, particularly ozonic,aquatic, fruity "fresh" ones such as Live Jazz for example and I passed over quite a few opportunities to have it join the collection because of that. Thankfully no aqua here and I really enjoyed a test run of Prestige. What we have here is a fougere that was way ahead of its time as it is not at all dissimilar in feel to the kind that's been put out for a number of years by niche houses such as L'Art de la Guerre or Fou d'Absinthe, pretty successful attempts to modernize the ol' fougere with different uncommon top notes and moss replacement. But what makes this a real winner for me is that the playful notes are grounded in now banned true naturals in the base something that has always been a let down for me in the two previously mentioned scents for example.
A real winner and I'm quite happy to have found it at a very affordable price considering the absurd prices it commands on the secondary market .
Lemony spicy fresh cologne with a touch of sweetness from YSL. It's a close cousin to the YSL pour Homme / pour Homme Haute Concentration, with their use of tangy bergamot or lemon that defines the body of the scent.
Jazz Prestige is a more interesting take on the original Jazz, also a nice YSL fragrance. Prestige seems a bit more citrus and a touch more aromatic, thanks to the mint.
Jazz Prestige is a cologne that I would, even after all these years, sport without reservation for casual wear.
Somebody must have felt something was missing from the original Jazz by Yves Saint Laurent (1988) in order to concoct this scent five years later. Perhaps it was the increasing proliferation of "fresh" fougères begat by the popularity of Eternity for Men by Calvin Klein (1989) one year after the original Jazz's release, or maybe it was the fact that the original Jazz was just too modest for it's era, as bold powerhouses were still very much the vibe by the late 80's. More than likely it was because Cartier released Pasha de Cartier (1992) and totally one-upped Jazz at it's own game, so YSL had to fire back with this. Whatever the reason, Jazz Prestige presents itself as an emboldened, fresher, spicier, and louder take on the original Jazz, much preferred by perfumistos in hindsight for it's freewheeling personality as compared to it's conservative older brother, but likely seen as odd at the time, as it presaged popular fruity scents like Tommy by Tommy Hilfiger (1995) by a few years. Yves Saint Laurent had rarely ever been conservative with masculines up until the point it released Jazz, since Mr. Laurent himself was prone to liking a proud display of male virility since he himself preferred men from a sexual context, which explains the sexy sleeper qualities of Yves Saint Laurent Pour Homme (1971) and the out-and-out muguet-rubbed-groin smell of the almighty Kouros (1981). Jazz was a very buttoned-down and lightly-spicy fougère when compared to past YSL masculines, itself presaging the Tom Ford-led Rive Gauche Pour Homme (2003) by 15 years (a scent which the late Mr. Laurent hated, among all Ford-directed initiaves), so it's unsurprising that Jazz Prestige came about as a way to make a louder and prouder Jazz that also fell in line with the direction 90's masculines would take. Live Jazz (1998) would arguably do a better job than Jazz Prestige as a truly "fresh" 90's scent but is so different from the previous two Jazz entries that it feels like mislabeled.
The perfumer for Jazz Prestige is unlisted, but the original was penned by Jean-François Latty, and it would make sense for him to return considering how close this is to the original. The same warm, dry, slightly animalic and leathery/spiced fougère accord found as the core of Jazz also exists in Jazz Prestige, but where Jazz was a deliberate attempt at old-fashioned civility in modern clothes during a time when it wasn't quite favored (an early forerunner to the "beige wave" of the 90's to be sure), Jazz Prestige lives up to it's namesake more by being actually jazzy of sorts. If Jean-François Latty didn't pen this revision, whoever did must have really studied his work. Lavender and bergamot open Jazz Prestige, with the artemisia of the original swapped out for coriander and apple, making Jazz Prestige at once a cacophony of fruit and spice drawing comparisons both to Aramis Havana (1994) and the aforementioned Tommy. The middle of nutmeg, geranium, carnation, and cinnamon are augmented in Jazz Prestige by rose, caraway, and ginger to give the scent greater fizz and vavoom. The base of leather, sandalwood, oakmoss, cedar, and amber are also brightened up with benzoin, patchouli, and coconut, giving Jazz Prestige a twist not seen since Révillion's French Line (1984). The benzoin and patchouli affect the depth of the sandalwood in Jazz Prestige, which when combined with the fruity and spicy cantilevers tacked onto the top and middle, make the scent feel like an intermediary between Chanel Égoïste (1990) and CK's Eternity for Men. The whole thing is indeed a bouncier, livelier, and more effervescent Jazz, with more character, distinction, and personality than the original, but at the cost of some dignity and grace. I don't think Jazz Prestige really beat Cartier at the fruity spicy sandalwood semi-oriental fougère game, but It'll last a while longer than Pasha de Cartier because it was only ever made in Eau de Toilette Concentrée, so at least it goes farther than the others in the genre, but I feel less is more with the original Jazz. I give it a thumbs up but I do feel Jazz Prestige has its approval rating skewed a bit too positive because of the discontinued/vintage/niche-interest zeitgeist on Basenotes. The poor scent which was most likely an attempt at salvaging a failed line has become unintentional godhead and thus that unicorn horn has slowly grown on the forehead of a scent, taking it's price tag into realms friendly only to the Roth IRA crowd that has nothing better to do than muck around on forums and collect overpriced old perfumes.
Jazz Prestige really isn't virile like Yves Saint Laurent masculines of ages past, but outside M7 (2002), YSL was mostly done making provocative masculines anyway, as tastes dictated that men wanted to be less noticed and not more for their scent of choice, like a pleasant instrumental waiting room music rather than a boombox blaring the latest pop. The former Jazz has ironically outlived it's more "modern" update for this reason, as despite Jazz Prestige being more in-line with what was happening in the 90's and certainly more distinct, it just didn't move past the 90's when the call for even-more-nondescript scents in the late 2000's was made. The "Beige Age" Jazz Prestige was born into would be succeeded by a brief interest in retro fougères, then an even more-banal period of Iso E Superpowered eau de yawn fruity musky woods that all smelled like illegitimate children of Chanel Allure Homme (1999), and YSL answered that particular call with L'Homme in 2006. Anything fruity, fizzy, aromatic, or bombastic was quietly discontinued outside of the things that made it into the overpriced La Collection, then other aquatic era occurred thanks to the persistence of brands like Polo and Nautica. Jazz Prestige is a damned good scent but it's also slowly joining the ranks of M7 (along with 1998's LiveJazz) in price and rarity, so for folks that have anything from the 90s that I've named in this review, Jazz Prestige will just come across as a quirky semi-oriental peer to them and isn't necessarily worthy of a full-bottle blind buy, especially with Pasha de Cartier being still available, and the superior composition. Sampling this is definitely in order, and ardent fans of vintage YSL, 90's style, or just vintage collectors in general will likely find it attractive enough to bite the bullet in price. The standard Jazz is a better starting place for the casual fan in my opinion, as this is really just a louder and less versatile version of it. I'm a sucker for fruity or boozy sandalwood or tobacco scents so I personally rank this high among stuff like Montana Parfum D'Homme (1989) and Michael by Michael Kors (2000), but even those are an acquired taste not without their flaws, so that's a very subjective summation. It's a zippy Coltrane solo in a bottle folks!