Things Are Getting Better

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Things Are Getting Better
Things Are Getting Better.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 1959[1]
RecordedOctober 28, 1958
Reeves Sound Studio, New York City
Length42:51 original LP
RLP 12-286
ProducerOrrin Keepnews
Cannonball Adderley chronology
Jump for Joy
Things Are Getting Better
Blue Spring

Things Are Getting Better is the 11th album by jazz saxophonist Cannonball Adderley, and his second release on the Riverside label, featuring performances with Milt Jackson, Wynton Kelly, Percy Heath and Art Blakey.[2] Recorded in October 1958, the album was released in early 1959.


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."[3] 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."[4] 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."[5]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[3]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz3.5/4 stars[4]
PopMatters9/10 stars[5]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Julian "Cannonball" Adderley except as indicated

  1. "Blues Oriental" (Milt Jackson) - 5:05
  2. "Things Are Getting Better" - 7:16
  3. "Serves Me Right" [Take 5] (Buddy Johnson) - 4:51
  4. "Serves Me Right" [Alternate Take 4] - 4:38 Bonus track on CD reissue
  5. "Groovin' High" (Dizzy Gillespie) - 5:24
  6. "The Sidewalks of New York" [Take 5] (James W. Blake, Charles B. Lawlor) - 7:01
  7. "The Sidewalks of New York" [Alternate Take 4] - 5:16 Bonus track on CD reissue
  8. "Sounds for Sid" - 6:29
  9. "Just One of Those Things" (Cole Porter) - 6:45



  1. ^ Billboard Feb 23, 1959
  2. ^ Cannonball Adderley discography accessed 19 October 2009.
  3. ^ a b Planer, L. AllMusic Review, accessed 19 October 2009.
  4. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2006) [1992]. The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (8th ed.). London: Penguin. pp. 9. ISBN 978-0-141-02327-4.
  5. ^ a b Kelly, Neil (14 November 2013). "Cannonball Adderley with Milt Jackson: Things Are Getting Better". PopMatters.