Jannick Top

Real Name:
Jannick Yves Top
Profile:
French bassist and cellist, composer, arranger and musical director, born in Marseille on October 4, 1947.

Jannick Top took academic music lessons at the end of the 1960s, studying piano and cello. At the age of 16 he won first prize for piano and first prize for cello. Following a proposition of a bassist friend to replace him for a session with a region’s leading orchestra, he took up electric bass for the first time, and was hooked by the instrument.
He had the idea of ​​adapting his cellist playing on a bass guitar by tuning his bass from fifth to fifth, like a cello. By doing so, he overturned the methodology, the practice and the sound of the instrument. It is this enormous, unforgettable and recognizable sound that will forever be his signature.

His meeting with André Ceccarelli in 1971 led to the formation of the group Troc. In 1973, the band recorded an album and performed in Paris. This is where Jannick met Christian Vander, drummer, composer and leader of Magma (6), which Top was invited to join straight away.
Jannick stayed with Magma for 2 years, playing nearly 200 concerts in France, Europe, and the USA. He left after Summer 1974 exhausted by the tough life on the road and the financial insecurity of the group.
He joined Magma again in 1976 in an attempt to lead the band at equal level with Vander (the “Vandertop” period) but this proved short-lived, although artistically one of the most intense and highly successful period for Magma, whose trademark sound was for ever influenced by Top’s contribution.

At this period, he declared in a music newspaper that he had to find a “non-musical” job to earn a living, revealing that he was doing studio sessions for known or less-known artists of French varieté. This activity would prove to be rewarding for Top, and he must have found some “musical” satisfaction to do it, since it took him away from his own music for 20 years — if you put aside the short-lived jazz-fusion quartet (Fusion (29)) he formed with his former Magma friends in 1981. Top became one of the more sought after session player in France, playing and arranging music for hundreds of French and international rock, jazz and pop stars like Céline Dion, Francis Cabrel, Véronique Sanson, Ute Lemper, Michel Jonasz, Françoise Hardy, Bonnie Tyler, Jeanne Moreau, Eurythmics, Jacques Dutronc, Bernard Lavilliers to name only a few. He was also the dedicated bassist, arranger and musical director for France Gall and Michel Berger (until his death in 1992), and for French rock icon Johnny Halliday during ten years.
In parallel to these sessions and live works, he started a collaboration with pianist Serge Perathoner, composing and producing score music for films, TV and advertising. Together they created the company Piano Bass Music.
Only in 1996 did Jannick Top return to his roots and his own “telluric” music, as he calls it, with the trio STS (6). Since then he managed to issue his own music irregularly, playing a lot with his bandmate André Ceccarelli in several bands (Ligne Sud Trio, the reformed Troc…) while releasing his first proper solo album ("Infernal Machina"), as well as archives under his own label Utopic Records.
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Albums

Jannick Top - Fusion album art Didier Lockwood, Jannick Top, Christian Vander, Benoît Widemann Didier Lockwood, Jannick Top, Christian Vander, Benoît Widemann - Fusion (Album) Disques JMS, Disques JMS France 1981 Sell This Version
APR 38 Jannick Top - April Orchestra Vol. 38 album art Roland Romanelli, Guy Bonnet, Jannick Top Roland Romanelli, Guy Bonnet, Jannick Top - April Orchestra Vol. 38(LP) CBS APR 38 France 1981 Sell This Version
APR 43 Jannick Top - April Orchestra Vol. 43 album art Roland Romanelli / Janick Top* Roland Romanelli / Janick Top* - April Orchestra Vol. 43(LP) CBS APR 43 France 1982 Sell This Version
SYS 001 Jannick Top - Sysmo Records Vol. 1 album art Roland Romanelli / Jannick Top Roland Romanelli / Jannick Top - Sysmo Records Vol. 1(2xLP) Sysmo Records SYS 001 France 1982 Sell This Version
CD 918 Jannick Top - Music Film Scoring album art Serge Perathoner & Jannick Top Serge Perathoner & Jannick Top - Music Film Scoring(CD, Album) Baillemont Productions CD 918 France 1990 Sell This Version
592010 Jannick Top - Simple Mortel (Un Film de Pierre Jolivet) album art Serge Perathoner Et Jannick Top Serge Perathoner Et Jannick Top - Simple Mortel (Un Film de Pierre Jolivet)(CD, Album) Fnac Music 592010 France 1991 Sell This Version
AKT II Jannick Top - "Sons" Document 1973 - Le Manor album art Vander* / Top* / Blasquiz* / Garber* Vander* / Top* / Blasquiz* / Garber* - "Sons" Document 1973 - Le Manor(CD, Album) AKT (3) AKT II France 1993 Sell This Version
SMC188412 Jannick Top - En Plein Coeur (Bande Originale Du Film) album art Serge Perathoner & Jannick Top Serge Perathoner & Jannick Top - En Plein Coeur (Bande Originale Du Film)(CD, Album) Sergent Major Company SMC188412 France 1998 Sell This Version
PBME 02 Jannick Top - Origine Controlee album art Serge Perathoner & Jannick Top Serge Perathoner & Jannick Top - Origine Controlee(CD) Blue Films, Piano Bass Music PBME 02 France 2000 Sell This Version
Jannick Top - Soleil D'Ork album art Jannick Top Soleil D'Ork (Album) Utopic Records France 2001 Sell This Version
017 367-2 Jannick Top - Le Frère Du Guerrier album art Serge Perathoner & Jannick Top Serge Perathoner & Jannick Top - Le Frère Du Guerrier(CD, Album) La Bande Son, Piano Bass Music 017 367-2 France 2002 Sell This Version
8345103352 Jannick Top - Bienvenue Chez Les Rozes (Bande Originale Du Film) album art Serge Perathoner Et Jannick Top Serge Perathoner Et Jannick Top - Bienvenue Chez Les Rozes (Bande Originale Du Film)(CD, Album) Une Musique 8345103352 France 2003 Sell This Version
CFR 009 Jannick Top - Le Lion album art Serge Perathoner & Jannick Top Serge Perathoner & Jannick Top - Le Lion(CD, Album) Cinéfonia Records CFR 009 France 2004 Sell This Version
NTCD418 Jannick Top - Le Lann Top album art Eric Le Lann & Jannick Top Eric Le Lann & Jannick Top - Le Lann Top(CD, Album) Nocturne NTCD418 France 2007 Sell This Version
Jannick Top - Infernal Machina album art Jannick Top Infernal Machina (Album) Utopic Records, Utopic Records France 2008 Sell This Version
none Jannick Top - Les Musiques De La Série TV Navarro album art Serge Perathoner & Jannick Top Serge Perathoner & Jannick Top - Les Musiques De La Série TV Navarro(11xFile, MP3, Album, 254) Piano Bass Music none Europe 2010
FA 576 Jannick Top - Troc album art Troc, André Ceccarelli / Alex Ligertwood / Jannick Top / Henri Giordano / Jacky Giraudo Troc, André Ceccarelli / Alex Ligertwood / Jannick Top / Henri Giordano / Jacky Giraudo - Troc(CD, Album, RE, RM) Frémeaux & Associés FA 576 France 2012 Sell This Version
CR 216 Jannick Top - Ligne Sud Trio album art Christian Gaubert / André Céccarelli* / Jannick Top, Ligne Sud Trio Christian Gaubert / André Céccarelli* / Jannick Top, Ligne Sud Trio - Ligne Sud Trio(CD, Album) Cristal Records CR 216 France 2013 Sell This Version
CR 243 Jannick Top - Lendemains Prometteurs  album art Christian Gaubert / André Céccarelli* / Jannick Top, Ligne Sud Trio Christian Gaubert / André Céccarelli* / Jannick Top, Ligne Sud Trio - Lendemains Prometteurs (CD, Album) Cristal Records CR 243 France 2016 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

42519 Jannick Top - Utopia Viva album art Janik Top* Utopia Viva(7", Single) Utopia (2) 42519 France 1975 Sell This Version
1989 Jannick Top - Hydro album art Serge Perathoner Et Jannick Top Serge Perathoner Et Jannick Top - Hydro(7", EP) Sodel 1989 France 1988 Sell This Version

Compilations

SMC 150 642 Jannick Top - 7 B.O.F. De Pierre Jolivet album art Serge Perathoner - Jannick Top Serge Perathoner - Jannick Top - 7 B.O.F. De Pierre Jolivet(CD, Comp) Major Tom (2) SMC 150 642 France 1999 Sell This Version