Andrew C. White, Sammy Pawlak, Marshall Webb, and Doug Teel began singing together in the early nineties while performing with the Hollywood Hi-Tones at Universal Studios Florida. Return 2 Zero was formed in 1994 and began singing at various theme parks and conventions. They competed in several national a cappella competitions, winning prestigious honors in group and arrangement categories. The extraordinary arranging talents of Doug Teel and Marshall Webb have carved out the sound that millions have grown to love from Return 2 Zero. For 14 years "the guys" surprised and delighted crowds daily at Disney's Hollywood Studios as "Four for a Dollar" They have most recently been seen at Sea World Orlando singing at the Polar Express Experience.
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Review: Orlando, Florida's (yes, you saw them at Disney World) favorite all-male Contemporary quartet brings us their fourth, and long-awaited, excellent collection of well-chosen, wonderfully-arranged and performed covers. 'Play that Funky Music,' 'Green Eyed Lady,' 'Reminiscing' (with some unexpected scat singing), Stevie Wonder's 'I Wish,' 'Pick Up The Pieces,' 'Fly Away,' 'Drift Away,' the Gershwins' 'They Can't Take That Away from Me,' Chicago's 'Saturday in the Park'É have fairly standard leads, but it's the cool stuff going on behind them that is Return2Zero's forte. Solid vocal percussion of course, but we also hear vocal bass, horns, unexpected tossed-in samples, scat, funny asides, silly noises and doo-woppy side-dishes of harmony all create a rich, tasty vocal stew that spells, well, entertainment. And in terms of pure entertainment, Return2Zero ranks with the best a cappella groups in the world. By the way, I feel the need to throw a few kudos in Walt's direction here-beginning with top-drawer Barbershop groups like the Dapper Dans on Main St., USA and progressing to stellar Doo-Wop groups like the Alley Cats, Contemporary groups like Toxic Audio and Return2Zero, and Choral groups like Derric Johnson's ReGeneration - you've turned a lot of people on to a cappella, bud. Thanks!
Songlist: Play That Funky Music, Green-eyed Lady, Reminscing, This Masquerade, I Wish, Pick Up The Pieces, Harlem Nocturne, Fly Away, Drift Away, Only Yesterday, Smiling Face, They Can't Take That Away From Me, Saturday In The Park
Isn't It Good?
Review: Orlando, Florida-based a cappella quartet Return to Zero have a repertoire of songs from the 1940s through the 1990s, adding their own dynamic arrangements to classic tunes. They've played for thousands at Disney's MGM Studio and Universal Studios. The new release 'He's A Friend' is their third CD, following the excellent 'Snowfall' and 'Return to Zero;' the 'he' refers to Jesus as the four men highlight their Christian spirituality. There are 12 songs, 'Isn't It Good,' 'Inside Out,' 'John's Song,' 'Who Is Like the Lord Our God?' 'Hold On,' 'I'm Coming Home,' 'Blessed Are Your Eyes,' 'Let Him In,' 'More Than Yesterday,' 'My Jesus I Love Thee,' 'Star Spangled Banner' and 'Open Our Eyes Lord.' Sung with great feeling and conviction, 'He's A Friend' is a powerful, beautifully sung statement by 4 talented young men.
Songlist: He's a Friend, Isn't It Good, Inside Out, John's Song, Who Is Like The Lord Our God?, Hold On, I'm Coming Home?, Blessed Are Our Eyes, Let Him In, More Than Yesterday, My Jesus I Love Thee, Star Spangled Banner , Open Our Eyes
Georgia On My Mind
Review: This contemporary/jazz quartet is from Florida, where they are part of the Disney entertainment complex (performing as 'Four For A Dollar'). With arrangements by members Doug Teel and Marshall Webb, their material is proven Top 40 radio fare such as 'Fly Like An Eagle,' 'How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You' and 'Turn Your Love Around,' with a couple of originals in like vein. That said, the highlight of this CD is Gene Puerling's 'Georgia On My Mind,' the definitive arrangement, performed with stunning accuracy and taste. Their own charts frequently use substitute chords and unexpected harmonies to open up these familiar songs, infusing them with new vitality. Rhythmically, they combine punch with fluid ease, adding a soulful feel to the mix.
Songlist: Return 2 Zero, Fly Like an Eagle, How Sweet It Is to Be Loved By You, Steppin' Out, Happy Together, Georgia On My Mind, December 1963 (Oh What A Night), Spinning Wheel, Love Potion #9, On and On, Turn Your Love Around, Moondance, I'm Alright
Merry Christmas To You
Review: Return To Zero's new Christmas CD is an upgrade to 'Our First Christmas.' They have added 2 new songs, 'Snowfall,' the title track, and 'When the meadow was Bloomin',' an amazing 8 part arrangement by Marshall Webb. Returning are 'Humbug,' 'We Three Kings,' 'Carol Of The Bells' (for which Doug Tell won a CASA for best arrangement in 1996), 'Here Comes Santa Claus,' 'Away In A Manger,' 'Our First Christmas,' 'What Child Is This?,' 'God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen,' 'Unto Us' and 'We Wish You A Merry Christmas.' The elaborate chord structures and unique arranging skills of these guys will put a twist on some of your favorite Christmas songs and will put you right in the Christmas spirit!
Songlist: Snowfall Medley, We Three Kings, Carol Of The Bells, Unto Us, When The Meadow was Bloomin', Here Comes Santa Claus, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Away In The Manger, What Child Is This?, We Wish You A Merry Christmas