The Allmusic review by Lindsay Planer awarded the album 4 stars and states: "This disc can be recommended without hesitation to all manner of jazz enthusiast, as it quite literally offers something for every taste"
The Penguin Guide to Jazz awarded the album 3½ stars, stating: "There is marvellous sparring with Milt Jackson on Things are Getting Better and with Kelly, Heath and Blakey also in great form."
PopMatters journalist Neil Kelly wrote: "In essence, Things Are Getting Better aims to please everyone while providing those personal flourishes that makes good jazz great."
A1 Blues Oriental 4:55
A2 Things Are Getting Better 7:07
A3 Serves Me Right 4:42
A4 Groovin' High 5:16
B1 The Sidewalks Of New York 6:57
B2 Sounds For Sid 6:20
B3 Just One Of Those Things 6:41