Well, why not? There are so many collections of Broadway standards out there that are the same basic collection of love songs, or out-of-love songs, or whatever, that Ellen Zachos gets points simply for mixing up the repertoire. Better still, the cabaret-style singer has chosen a witty high-concept idea for her debut album, and best of all, it works a treat. Green Up Time is subtitled "Ellen Zachos Sings Botanical Broadway," and that's just what it is: the central metaphors of all of these songs are plant-based in nature. Zachos has done a fine job of collecting rare specimens here, digging deep (the gardening metaphors will stop soon, promise) in the catalogs of most of the great musical theater composers for little-known gems like Flanders & Swann's "Misalliance" and the Gershwins' "In the Mandarin's Orchid Garden." The most familiar song to the average listener here is a bit of a ringer, a lovely rendition of Billy Strayhorn's "A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing." Zachos' voice, equally lovesome, skips lightly over pianist Fred Hersch's light small-combo arrangements, and a charming time is had by all.
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AllMusic Review by Stewart Mason