The Ike Carpenter Orchestra was heavily influenced by the sound and style of Duke Ellington, even recording a cover version of that band's signature tune, "Take the 'A' Train," as well as other material heavily associated with the Duke, such as his son Mercer Ellington's nostalgic composition entitled "Things Ain't What They Used to Be."

But the most famous record created by Carpenter and company during a decade of recording activity beginning in 1945 was "Pachuco Hop," a tribute to Mexican hipsters or hoodlums, depending on sociological perspective. Often treated to the Japanese-sounding spelling of "Pachuko Hop," this 1953 single originally released on the Alladin label features ear-withering trumpet soloing from a young Maynard Ferguson.

Despite the assertion of some critics that the performances of Carpenter's bands lacked jazz content, excellent soloists were often showcased. The aforementioned version of "Take the 'A' Train," for example, highlights a fine tenor sax solo by Lucky Thompson.