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DANIEL GAUTHIER

Neo-Prog • Canada


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Born in 1959 in the Abitibi region of Québec, Canada, DANIEL GAUTHIER has been writing music since his early teenage years. After a series of experiences as a member of local bands, always trying to reconcile his passion for progressive music with the necessities of daily life, in 1991 he founded the YES tribute band Parallels. At that time he had the opportunity to meet legendary guitarist STEVE HOWE, and discuss the experience with him. In the following years he set up his own home recording studio, and in 1997, in spite of growing financial difficulties, he managed to release his debut album, "En ce jour et pour toujours", recorded with the help of drummer Richard Bergeron, a former bandmate of his.

His second album, "Above the Storm", came in 2000, after GAUTHIER had left his day job as a janitor in order to devote all his time and energy to making music. In spite of the positive feedback received by the album, further financial setbacks ensued, and the artist was forced back into finding work in order to make ends meet. In 2003, however, he met the woman who would become his life partner, and this encounter gave him the necessary strength to continue pursuing his art. "The Wish", finally released on CD at the end of 2008, is the fruit of years of back-breaking work, and GAUTHIER's never-flagging faith in his musical dream. The album?s title-track is also available in a limited edition package, containing an audio CD and a DVD with two live versions of the song, filmed in 2005 by GAUTHIER's friend Pierre L?Espérance.

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Musica LatinoMusica Latino
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Miniatures for Saxophone & PianoMiniatures for Saxophone & Piano
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2.05 | 2 ratings
En ce jour et pour toujours
1997
3.66 | 5 ratings
Above the Storm
2000
3.07 | 9 ratings
The Wish
2008

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 The Wish by GAUTHIER, DANIEL album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.07 | 9 ratings

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The Wish
Daniel Gauthier Neo-Prog

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

3 stars 3.5 really

One of the lesser known canadian multi instrumentalists of last two decades or so is for sure Daniel Gauthier. He released under his name three albums, his latestes from 2008 named The wish is to his best one. Well, dispite some almost negative reviews here and there about The wish, I find this album truly enjoyble from start to finish. The music is neo prog with spacey aproach a ala Pink Floyd, but aswell some symphonic passages apear here and there. All pieces have same level with a plus one Just For A While and the epic Song For Them, inspired arrangements, good ideas and good music overall. Is well to known that Guthier is responsable for all instruments on the album. All in all this album doesn't reach the beauty of other neo prog albums in last decade, but to me is fairly decent towards great in places. 3.5 stars for sure, a very fine art work and comes in digipak format.

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 En ce jour et pour toujours by GAUTHIER, DANIEL album cover Studio Album, 1997
2.05 | 2 ratings

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En ce jour et pour toujours
Daniel Gauthier Neo-Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

2 stars Canadian musician Daniel Gauthier, born in 1959 in Senneterre, Quebec, showed his love for Progressive Rock music already from the early stages of his life, being a member of local bands playing both original and covers' material.By mid-90's Gauthier had built his own small recording studio, but economical difficulties were always there.However he managed to launch his first personal album ''En ce jour et pour toujours'' in 1997, helped only by drummer and former bandmate Richard Bergeron, the vocals and the rest of the instrumentation were all Gauthier responisibilities.

The album shows a man with talent, trying hard to come up with some smooth, modern Symphonic/Neo Prog with light Electronic touches, where PINK FLOYD, MARILLION and GENESIS influences are more than obvious.The result is very secure Progressive Rock with well-crafted compositions and a Neo Prog attitude, where production, vocals and some dead holes are definitely a serious issue.There is a certain difficulty by Gauthier to deliver strong instrumental moments, the arrangements are quite mellow with plenty of vocals and some nice symphonic soundscapes, but the overall performance is rather inconsistent and at moments too one-dimensional.Speaking of vocals, the English-sung are tracks are rather indifferent, the French vocals though have a very warm flavor.Most of the album alternates between acoustic textures with soft guitar touches and sometimes delicate flute, not unlike early GENESIS, and keyboard-based spacey/symph parts in the vein of FRUITCAKE or the mellower stuff of US and ELEGANT SIMPLICITY.His ideas though sound interesting and a help by a stable bandcore should have really helped.

''En ce jour et pour toujours'' is an album of dreamy, ethereal Progressive Rock, which however lacks a huge amount of energy and dynamics, as this is strongly based on Gauthier's atmospheric playing.Good album for fans of smooth Neo/Symphonic Progressive Rock, but rather a miss for more demanding prog ears...2.5 stars.

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 Above the Storm by GAUTHIER, DANIEL album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.66 | 5 ratings

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Above the Storm
Daniel Gauthier Neo-Prog

Review by Tarcisio Moura
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3 stars Oh, some albums are really hard to rate! Iīve been listening to Above The Storm for quite some time and still it does not click me. In theory it has just about everything I like in prog music: the instrumental is strong and creative, the musicians are excellent and the arrangements and performances are tasteful. The only part I really didnīt like was the vocal department. Not that Daniel Guathier is a bad singer, no! Itīs just the case his vocal style is not my cup of tea. I think he should get a real good singer and then things would improve a lot.

Well, at least thatīs what I can pont my finger at. The rest is just alright, I really liked Guathiers instrumental side. He plays great bass, good acoustic guitar and real fine synphonic keyboards. Gaston Gagnon is a terrific guitarrist and his solos are one of the CDīs highlights. The music is an interesting mixture of prog folk, symphonic rock plus some blues and jazz bits here and there. I donīt know why he is labeled as neo prog, but then it is hard to define his music anyway. Itīs quite varied and I can say there is no bad moments. Nothing really excited me, but still the music is good. It just does not fit my current taste, I guess. So 3 stars will do it for me.

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 The Wish by GAUTHIER, DANIEL album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.07 | 9 ratings

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The Wish
Daniel Gauthier Neo-Prog

Review by Thierry

3 stars I know you just don't care knowing that my grand-mother's name was Gauthier precisely and you're right in a way. But what a coincidence! It stops here since Daniel is a Canadian citizen living in Quebec. This is his second record. The first one was interesting. This one is a revelation. Not a masterpiece because here and there you can find out some drawbacks, some lengthy moments. But generally speaking, this second chapter is a must. The music often sounds like Mike Oldfield's or rather Steve Hackett's. The man is a talented guitar player who can play a lot of other instruments such as bass and keyboards. He programmed the drums and he sings too. The disc is a concept recorded in his home studio. The digipak cover is terrific too. Bravo, Daniel!

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 The Wish by GAUTHIER, DANIEL album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.07 | 9 ratings

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The Wish
Daniel Gauthier Neo-Prog

Review by kenethlevine
Special Collaborator Prog-Folk Team

3 stars While there has never been any doubt as to Daniel Gauthier's classic progressive influences and favourites, on "Above the Storm" he established his own viable signature by incorporating them into a style that blurred the lines between symphonic and space rock. As a musician without a backing band, he deftly avoided adding too much multi tracking by adopting a softer more melodic approach than that demonstrated by most of the works of YES and PINK FLOYD, while appropriately flaunting his considerable prowess on the bass. It worked extremely well.

The follow up has been years in the making, yet little has changed in the overall mood and approach, which in itself bodes well. The main differences lie in the more subdued bass work and the lesser appeal of the melodies. As a result, while this isn't STARCASTLE, it sounds far more like a YES wannabe than did "Above the Storm". Tracks like both the bookending title cuts, "The Clock" and "Once in Time" simply pass by without notice, while others like "Just for a While" and the epic "Song for Them" are decent with occasionally inspired themes but promise more than they ultimately deliver, their powerful sections alternating with passages that simply dissipate into the background.

"Axis of Men" is the best cut overall, with some clever vocoder work and contrasts, but even here his vocal melodies do not carry as well into the instrumental sections, which seem more jammy and doodling than they ever did on "Above the Storm".

My expectations were high for Gauthier after all this time, but I confess to being disappointed, my wish unfulfilled. Still if you enjoy the above mentioned artists, as well as ELOY and CLEPSYDRA, you might appreciate this slightly above average release.

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 Above the Storm by GAUTHIER, DANIEL album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.66 | 5 ratings

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Above the Storm
Daniel Gauthier Neo-Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars I've owned this special album for years, so I was quite pleased to see that Raff had added Daniel to our site. This is Gauthier's second album and I was touched reading Raff's bio that explained how he had to quit his job as a janitor in order make "Above The Storm". What impresses me most about this recording are the lyrics, vocals and chunky bass lines. Daniel is a multi-instrumentalist who plays guitar, bass and keyboards on this album.

"Above The Storm" opens with heavy rains and thunder as synths come in.The storm stops as acoustic guitar, bass and other sounds arrive. Vocals before 2 1/2 minutes. Electric guitar and chunky bass 4 1/2 minutes in. Nice. He then brings us back to that earlier sound with vocals to end it. "Empty Space" has such a rich sound to open. Vocals join in quickly. "Evening Of A New Romance" is uptempo and i'm reminded of CAMEL when the guitar arrives. It settles some when the vocals come in. These contrasts continue. Piano, bass and drums stand out 3 minutes in. The guitar before 4 1/2 minutes is tasteful. "Quartet Solo" opens with synths before we get this nice heavy sound with the guitar lighting it up. It settles with deep bass lines and a beat. "Soft Souvinirs Of 184" is a 2 minute epic sounding track. "Real Love" features acoustic guitar melodies as vocals join in. I love how this sounds. The reserved vocals and bass are excellent. Prominant guitar 3 1/2 minutes in before we get some beautiful acoustic guitar. Vocals are back to end it.

"Silent Years" opens with drums and this all sounds so good when it kicks in. Vocals join in. Deep bass after 2 1/2 minutes when the vocals stop. It all picks up before 4 minutes. "Cross The Bridge" is the 18 minute closer. It opens with the sound of someone walking and whistling as they open a door. The bass comes in followed by a full sound. Guitar a minute in and vocals before 2 minutes. Organ after 6 1/2 minutes as bass throbs and drums pound. The guitar joins in a minute later. Expressive vocals 9 minutes in and a great sound follows a minute later. Synths and a lighter sound 11 1/2 minutes. A heavy soundscape takes over around 15 1/2 minutes.The song ends with someone walking and pouring a drink.

An enjoyable album for me from start to finish.

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 Above the Storm by GAUTHIER, DANIEL album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.66 | 5 ratings

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Above the Storm
Daniel Gauthier Neo-Prog

Review by kenethlevine
Special Collaborator Prog-Folk Team

4 stars Born as he was in the province of Quebec in 1959, Daniel Gauthier was weaned on the British progressive rock of the 70s, and on a much broader smorgasbord than elsewhere in North America. La Belle Province was where most of the big names of the genre broke first, but also where many of the also-rans were superstars of sorts. This may explain why his work on "Above the Storm" is much more than a distillation of a few voices, among them Jon Anderson/Frank Bornemann with a thick French Canadian accent. Luckily, Gauthier more than compensates through his instrumental skill and a gift for catchy and well rounded tunes.

"Above the Storm" is a much less bombastic album than most neo prog, with few heavy elements, and avoiding overflowing arrangements in favour of texture and melody. It is a wise move, since Gauthier plays most instruments and might otherwise overwhelm us if he was to be cloned a few too many times. His arsenal is particularly well equipped on bass, which almost singlehandedly conjures one of the highlights of the disk, "Evening of a New Romance", one part reflective rocker and one part spacey instrumental in which lead guitarist Gaston Gagnon provides a perfect foil for the bass. "Silent Years" sports a similar construction without repeating itself, and in fact the last minute and a half are reminiscent of some of ELOY's classic work. "Cross the Bridge" is the 17 minute closer that confirms Gauthier's adventurousness while lying within spitting distance of a sparer ALAN PARSONS.

The weaker pieces are only so assessed in comparison with the highlights, and tend to be those that are more vocal oriented, like the title cut and "Real Love", in which the preciousness of the phonetic approach and admittedly simplistic lyrical themes stand starkly in need of a PENDRAGON-like washout. But more often than not "Above the Storm" hits the mark because of its refreshingly understated approach with no attempt to sound more polished than it is, or to jar the listener with arresting tempo changes. Gauthier seems to be above all that, hence merits an extra half star.

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