The opening is somewhat cacophonous, which might be a commentary on jazz. Celery, coconut, rancid movie-theater popcorn butterwhatever it is, it adds a sourness that fights with the other notes for the first 20 minutes or so. After that, it settles down into a woody vanilla tobacco that's at once more comfortable and less interesting. The longer it dries down, the more of a respectable vanilla pipe tobacco it becomes and I prefer that aspect of Jazz Club to Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille. Not so much that the opening is worth suffering through, though.
I ended up in the jazz club at 9am, when the place had been empty and clean for hours. There's a vague smoky muskiness, but also really quite a fresh smell, verging on piney. Overall, a far cleaner scent than I expected - at least on my skin. A few hours later it's more intimate and mellow, but still nothing like the description, or my expectation; safe rather than bohemian and rakish.
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.
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.
I can see why it would work well for others, and it has a certain amount of complexity I can admire. However, Im disappointed at this one. I get none of the top notesfrom the get go, its all rum and tobacco and something else I cant put my finger on, but I dont like it. It really doesnt work well with my body chemistry, I think, and it ends up smelling quite generic, like a drugstore mens cologne. But boy does this cling like a mofo! Gooooood staying power.