Soul, jazz, blues, rock? Listening to Bricks, the latest album by singer and harmonica player Charles Pasi, you quickly realize that labels have no importance here. A committed urban musician, he tells the story of his city in all its beauty and ugliness through guileless songs both soft and abrasive. Charles Pasi, the only French singer to have signed with Blue Note during his lifetime, composes and writes everything in English. In a constant back-and-forth, his harmonica and his singing question and answer each other by turns, like in an old blues standard. Initiated very young into trips back and forth between France and the US, he cites mostly American artists as influences: harmonica players Little Walter and Junior Wells, but also Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, and James Brown... Yes, Charles Pasi will feel right at home in Montreux.