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Freedom Underground was born in 2003, starting primarily as a blues and R&B group. In 2004, the members decided to change their mission to include jazz, fusion, funk, and whatever else happened to sound good. Freedom Underground because sometimes that’s where you have to go to find the straight truth of who, what, and why you are. And the truth, as they say, shall set you free. Cornelius Fortune (trumpet, keyboards) studied classical composition with Karl Boelter, and jazz theory with saxophonist Rodney Bonner (an early mentor to Kenny Garrett). A native Detroiter, Fortune has composed/performed music for several independent and student films. He joined the group in 2006. Billy Furman, saxophones, flutes, harmonicas. Billy was born in Harrisburg, Pennslyvania, then moved to California at age 10, started music at age 12 , joined a rock-surf band called The Bel-Airs at age 15 and played the Hollywood bowl promoting their record Mr Moto. Billy played in numerous bands in the Hollywood area before moving to Detroit in 2000 where he met Keith Owens and joined his band The Family. Since then he has branched out to play with many other Detroit bands. Cody Morales (drums, vocals)hails from Austin, Texas. Morales has been performing professionally since his teen years and is equally comfortable with anything from hip-hop to fusion to rock. He also serves as Freedom’s studio engineer and graphic artist

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Between the Funk

Funky Skull Records
2011

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