Instead of guitar, tenor saxophone and of course drums as on the One Time Out (Soul Note, 1989) Motian/Frisell/Lovano version that introduced the Motian piece the Kasper Tranberg Nobody's Heart version is still a trio but trumpet-led - the whole thing beginning with a stillness that upends the point of entry. Tranberg showboating? Not really at least at first, just declaring a musical premise which is almost like a mournful sundown lights out call which is then wakened sleeplessly by the ensemble, drummer Frands Rifbjerg very un-Motian like the way he scoops up inverted puddles of sound, the bass line hardly heard there much for now early on. Tranberg's version of the melody is less earthy than Lovano's and he does play the soloist maybe a bit more as he proceeds and makes the piece his own given how convincing the treatment is. His tone is incredibly characterful and supported beefily by the drummer.
There aren't many versions of the Motian piece out there by other people. So given this what a very good curatorial choice as otherwise it becomes so dull hearing the same pieces covered so often. Also check out Johnathan Blake's 2014 version from the drummer's quartet two-sax album Gone But Not Forgotten version where Chris Potter and Mark Turner vie to out fox one another.
Tranberg's treatment is found on a springtime release new from the Danish April Records label based on a Copenhagen concert hall recording dating back to last year. Detail from the Nobody's Heart sleeve, photo: April