Soren Reiff - guitar player, musical director, producer, composer & author

About Soren Reiff

Soren Reiff – guitar player, musical director, producer, composer & author

I’ve been professional guitar player for more than 25 years, playing in house bands on TV-shows, on tons of sessions and major tours. I’ve also been Musical Director on TV-shows since the midnineties.

Albums: “Funky Flavas”, “Miss you” and “Gratitude”

I’ve released three albums as a recording artist. In 2015 I released the album “Gratitude” featuring a killer cast of jazz, funk and fusion greats. This includes Jimmy Haslip, David Garfield, Gary Novak, Michito Sanchez and more. Before that did I release two albums. In 2003 the album “Funky Flavas”, which also features Mike Stern and Michael Ruff. In 2010 the album “Miss you” on which I have the pleasure to play with David Garfield, Will Lee, Steve Ferrone, Ricky Lawson among others.

Musical Director on TV-shows

Since the mid-nineties I’ve been musical director on TV-shows. This work have led me to play with stars like Chaka Khan, David Sanborn, Mark King and many more. Since then I’ve been composing and producing music and tracks for tv, radio and albums.

Professional guitar player

Before I started working as a producer and Musical Director, I had since the eighties worked as a professional guitar player. This includes tons of sessions, major tours and in housebands on hundreds of TV-shows (“Husk lige tandbørsten” a Danish version of “Don’t forget your toothbrush” and “Meyerheim & co.” a Danish version of “The Late night show”).

My books: “Reiffs riffs” & “Reiffs rytmer”

In 2004 I had my debut as a writer with my first book “Reiffs riffs”, concerning how to play guitar solos – now I’ve got five books published. Four of them are about guitar playing – two on soloing and two on rhythm playing. My fifth book is about the music industry and tips on how to do a good career in the business.

Sample library: “Funkguitarist”

I’ve also been involved in a a guitar-sample library called “Funkguitarist” where I’ve played all the samples and was part of the team developing the product. So if you need some funky rhythm guitar parts you can always look after this plugin, I think it’s great and it’ll cover your needs if you are into funk, soul or music related to those styles.

Credits

I’ve played live or recorded with: Robert Palmer, Randy Crawford, David Sanborn, Chaka Khan, Mike Stern, David Garfield, Eric Marienthal, Rick Braun, Toots Thielemans, Tracy Silverman, Michael Ruff, Michael Brecker and many more. If you want even more information on this, please go to the menubar for a full list.

2 thoughts on “About Soren Reiff

  1. Kim Bonde

    Hej Søren

    Det er med stor glæde at jeg opdagede din blogsite (via lokal avis), da min hovedinteresse er musik, og i høj grad fusion, jazz og rock. Og rigtig mange af de navne du nævner på dit site er også nogle af mine helte (inkl. dig selv), så det er rigtig fedt at læse om dine oplevelser med disse gutter, f. eks. Jimmy Haslip og Robben Ford.

    Apropos Jimmy Haslip, som nok er en af de mest spændende nulevende bassister, var min første oplevelse af hans kunnen, hans bassolo på “Brother to Brother” med Gino Vannelli i 1978 – Den fejede sgu’ benene væk under mig, jeg var nemlig bassist dengang … Men det gjorde i det hele taget Vannelli som jeg også har fulgt lige siden. Siden har jeg også fulgt Yellowjackets og i særdeleshed de to herrer Ford og Haslip’s solokarrierer. Jeg så forøvrigt Robben Ford d. 19/5 i Portalen og så så jeg minsanten dig, Jeff Richman, Russell Ferrante, Jimmy Haslip og Henrik Engquist i Pakhuset i Odsherred – Fed aften hvor jeg godt ku’ ha’ ønsket dig på scenen i et par numre mere 🙂 Og så fatter jeg ikke den manglende interesse fra publikums side – Her gav nogle af verdens mest feterede musikere en super lækker intim-koncert og så var der ikke engang fyldt op – Har forresten 4 – 5 billeder (i halvdårlig kvalitet) derfra.

    Jeg fattede også (ved førnævnte koncert) stor interesse for din ES346, som jeg ikke havde set før – Den lød fantastisk. Da jeg så den tænkte jeg, at den lignede mest en ES339, der var blevet optimeret i alle ender og kanter – Har selv en 339 nu, som jeg købte p.g.a. din lyd og Troels Skovgaard’s (som du garanteret kender), da jeg troede at det var nærmeste jeg kunne komme en 346 – Men jeg læser nu at du tager udgangspunkt i en ES335, men er kroppen ikke mere som 339’eren?

    Jeg er som guitarist kun en novice (på 52 år), og prøver hver dag at suge viden og lærdom til mig – se http://musicman.dk/kim-b/ – Men har kæmpe glæde af at sidde og klimpre på min Gibson guitarer … Det er ren terapi 🙂 Men jeg er også vild med at læse om alt der vedrører musik: Grej, anmeldelser af nye skiver, musikere, lærebøger (har flere af dine) og anekdoter, Og så selvfølgelig at lytte til musik, som jeg kan gøre dagen lang grundet min situation som førtidspensionist.

    Nok fra mig nu. Håber ikke at mit indlæg var for langt?

    Med venlig hilsen og fortsat god weekend 🙂
    Kim Bonde

    PS: Kan jeg købe “Miss You” af dig, i signeret tilstand?

    Reply
    1. admin Post author

      Dear Kim.

      Thank you so much for your comment.
      I’m glad that you appreciate what I’m writing about – and totally understand why you are so glad for Robben Ford and Jimmy Haslip, they are both unique artists.

      Considering the difference between ES-335, ES-339 and ES-346. The ES-346 is a little wider than the ES-339, but not as big as the ES-335. The construction of the ES-346 is different to both of them – the 335 and 339 are very much alike to my knowledge, the big difference is sice wise as far as I know – and I don’t know what the sice does to the overall sound – maybe some readers out there can enlighten us on that.

      Concerning the gig with Ferrante, Richman, Haslip and Engqvist – I really had fun playing with them. It was a really great experience to play Yellow Jackets tunes with those cats.

      And actually I’m playing in the same club you heard us in with Richard Smith in november – so come and see us, it would be nice if you came and listened to a lot of guitar playing … and you can buy all the cd’s you need 🙂

      All the very best
      Soren

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