Do we have any Robert Cooksey specialists here? There's one note (it's repeated) on Leecan & Cooksey's Need More Blues that's got me intrigued.
Need More Blues (recorded in 1926) features first position F (!) harmonica. At a few points in the tune (either in bar 7, when were back in the F chord, or in bar 10, coming down from the V) Cooksey plays a six- or seven-note descending run that starts on the blow 10. But the blow 10 isn't F, it's bent down a half-step so it's an E. And there's a little coda at the end, with triplets, that starts and finishes on this same note, a half-step-bent blow 10. It's infernally difficult to do, especially on an F harp.
At no point in the tune does he play a natural F in hole 10. So is he blow-bending the note, or is his 10-hole blow reed a semitone flat?? I like to think the latter.
Thanks for your thoughts. It's not a recording speed issue as the rest of it's in pitch, in F. You mean the Yahoo album? I have it on CD (in the UK), so it's out there, somewhere. Check out Discogs. And please share your Hummel condundrum! At least that one's "modern"!