The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 4½ stars stating "The music swings in its own fashion and, although it tugs at the boundaries of the bop tradition, it mostly stays within its borders. Bill Frisell, operating as the entire rhythm section, is a wonder as usual. Recommended". Guy Peters stated "More News for Lulu still isn’t your average bop tribute, because the horns honk and squeal a bit too often to be considered as truly faithful to hard bop, and Frisell’s guitar antics are probably not something a snobbish jazz buff will dig, but that was never the intention anyway. Amidst the edgy improvisation are also instances to be found of interestingly updated jazz that’s quite accessible, performed by a trio that succeeds in combining their personal style and the basic ingredients from the past".