Little Things We Do Together

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All Music Guide - Eugene Chadbourne
Anne Pringle and Mark Burnell might invite dirty-minded jibes with the CD title Little Things We Do Together, but such is the nature of self-produced recordings, assembled with loving care by artists who probably have better things to do but have been spurred on by the illusion of a softcore marketplace. Pringle and Burnell are a cabaret duo -- her singing, him playing piano accompaniment -- so the little things they do together would have to be sexed up considerably in order to attract major-label attention. After all, MGM Records didn't even want Sammy Davis, Jr. to record standards, and that was in the '60s. Pringle produced this album in 2000, and she also ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Eugene Chadbourne
Anne Pringle and Mark Burnell might invite dirty-minded jibes with the CD title Little Things We Do Together, but such is the nature of self-produced recordings, assembled with loving care by artists who probably have better things to do but have been spurred on by the illusion of a softcore marketplace. Pringle and Burnell are a cabaret duo -- her singing, him playing piano accompaniment -- so the little things they do together would have to be sexed up considerably in order to attract major-label attention. After all, MGM Records didn't even want Sammy Davis, Jr. to record standards, and that was in the '60s. Pringle produced this album in 2000, and she also designed the cover and is credited with taking pictures of everyone else involved but herself. This includes guest vocalist Buddy Charles and the eerie violinist Johnny Frigo, both legends on the Chicago jazz scene. That the duo would attract such collaborators in their home base is surely not about anyone throwing money around. Pringle and Burnell are superb musicians. While there is probably such a vocal and piano duo in every town, this one begs to be pushed ahead of the pack if only for crafty repertoire choices. George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Irving Berlin, and Hoagy Carmichael are required fare. Pringle's performances more than satisfy the basic requirements, notably in her and the pianist's sense of atmosphere. Covers of songs by Tom Lehrer and Dave Frishberg are wise, wise choices, as the work of these humorist composers deserves to be placed side by side with the heavyweights of Tin Pan Alley and is underperformed to boot. On the other foot, there is the version of Jim Carrey's ditty entitled "Heaven Down Here." The promotional blurbs -- written by Pringle? -- pushed heavily at the presence of this particular number, evidence once again of the duo's clever programming. But as a songwriter, Carrey is better off acting in films, or even better taking two years off between films.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2005
  • Label: Cd Baby
  • UPC: 601454000327
  • Catalog Number: 5637207992
  • Sales rank: 259,450

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Some People/Small World/Together Wherever We Go/Let Me Entertain You - Mark Burnell (5:20)
  2. 2 Honeysuckle Rose - Mark Burnell (2:39)
  3. 3 Heaven Down Here - Mark Burnell (4:46)
  4. 4 Let's Take a Walk Around the Block/Let's Get Away from It All - Mark Burnell (3:01)
  5. 5 The Little Things You Do Together - Mark Burnell (2:44)
  6. 6 Mood Indigo - Mark Burnell (3:20)
  7. 7 Quality Time - Mark Burnell (4:12)
  8. 8 42nd Street/Puttin' on the Ritz/Lounging at the Waldorf - Mark Burnell (2:55)
  9. 9 Under the Boardwalk - Mark Burnell (3:09)
  10. 10 Another Chorus of the Blues - Mark Burnell (3:33)
  11. 11 The Masochism Tango - Mark Burnell (3:00)
  12. 12 The Tennis Song - Mark Burnell (2:53)
  13. 13 Two Sleepy People - Mark Burnell (3:12)
  14. 14 Blue Skies - Mark Burnell (2:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Anne Pringle Primary Artist, Vocals
Johnny Frigo Violin
Technical Credits
Tom Bradley Cover Design
Steve Silverman Producer, Engineer
Anne Pringle Arranger, Producer, Cover Design
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